Day-job artist and his frustration

This is very similar to a post from last week, but I was struck again with a sense of time-related frustration which led to this post.

I spent a significant amount of time this weekend glazing and firing. I mixed up the glaze from my line blends that looked most promising, but it didn’t come out like the test at all. This is a bit frustrating in my present situation, mainly because I don’t feel like I have time to experiment at length — much as I might like to.

Mammatus platter 3 with a cobalt glaze.

And I still haven’t begun to market my works, the finished ones that I like. The Local Flair gallery won’t be opening until this Fall (she had hoped to open this past Spring), I haven’t begun to look into local shows and still don’t like any options I’ve found for an online venue. I’d like to have my own website — I know what I want it to look like — but I don’t have the time to learn how to do it myself and don’t have the money to pay someone else. Thus, I’ll probably land on Etsy for the time being. It’s aesthetics and price are good, even if the management isn’t.

In May I interviewed friends who are on a 12 year journey preparing to work in missions aviation. They said some good things about being flexible in times of discouragement, keeping your goals while altering your course. I will keep plugging away. But let it be known that this aspiring, day-job artist is not of the most patient kind.


About pcNielsen
Paul Nielsen founded The Aesthetic Elevator late in 2005. He owns a piece of paper, located somewhere in his house (not on the wall), stating that he earned a B.F.A. from the University of Nebraska around about 2001. While there, he studied studied architecture, graphic design and ceramics, graduating with a degree in studio art. Paul presently serves as communications manager for a small non-profit doing their print design and marketing. He spends as much time sculpting in his studio as possible — which is not nearly enough. Visit his website at

3 Responses to Day-job artist and his frustration

  1. Tim J. says:

    I hear you.

    It would be nice to sit down and talk about this kind of thing over a beer, but I don’t know where I’ll find the time.


  2. TAE says:

    Despite not having the time, we definitely must do that!

  3. Pingback: Paul Nielsen :: Mixed media sculptor » Blog Archive » Throwback

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