“Part of being a successful artist is to make amazing art– seemingly effortlessly. But this is the rub– to make amazing work you have to make a lot of stuff that kinda sucks. That may seem obvious, but when you reach a place where you’re work is selling at a consistent pace and supporting yourself and your, ahem, habits, it’s very easy to feel like you’ve got it all dialed out. Making work that sucks suddenly doesn’t seem like an option, it feels like a waste of time.
It’s very easy to convince yourself that everything that comes off your fingertips should be good and reflect your masterful craftsmanship. When it’s not, failure is something to be disposed of quickly.”
–Potter (and blogger) Whitney Smith reflecting on her work.