2014 Goal Final Check-In

Now that there’s just one week left in 2014, let’s see the final tally of how I did achieving my goals this year.

Wendy’s 2014 Goals

Ixis ©2014 WTEK copper, brass, amethyst agate slice
Ixis ©2014 WTEK copper, brass, amethyst agate slice
    • 8 Group Exhibitions
    • Teach at least 3 Workshops
    • Write a Magazine Article
    • Make a Body of Work for a Solo Exhibition
    • Plan & Execute a Solo Exhibition for 2015
    • Gain Representation in 1-3 New Galleries
    • Work on Getting into a Top-Tier Craft Show (Late 2014/Early 2015)

At last quarter check you found out: Not only have I had work in 8 group exhibitions, but I’d also been invited to bring pieces into JAM Gallery‘s Holiday Benefit Show. That’s a bonus exhibition! This leads into the new gallery representation goal – while I don’t have a specific contract with JAM, this is the third time this year I’ve had work there, so I’m counting it for now. That would make two goals completed!

I did manage to teach three workshops, with great students and I’m working out how that will progress next year. Another goal with a big check mark next to it.

I went with red this year.
Me and Tether at the Art of the State opening.

The magazine article never got achieved. I had two ideas in mind when I started the year, had most of what I needed for one of them, then went to look at the submission guidelines at some of the magazines I thought about submitting to. One magazine now only has a place to post tutorials where you don’t get paid. Another decided that want better quality photos than I can give them with the camera I currently own. Another I couldn’t find any submission guidelines at all. So it comes down to needing a new (and better camera.) I want one anyway, but that’s a fairly large investment, so it’s on the shelf for now.

The ACC Baltimore Show! It doesn’t get more top tier than an ACC show and I was invited to be a representative of SNAG at the 2015 show! I am so super stoked about this, it is one of my 10 year goals (for 2020) and it’ll be amazing! I am going as a metalsmith and not a jeweler, so that body of work will be coming with me. Hopefully, most of it won’t be coming back with me, but going home with others, which means I’ll have to work on more body of work pieces for any upcoming solo exhibitions I manage to plan.

The pieces held together in their final placement
The almost finished wall piece.

As for that body of work goal… I have been hard at work making larger pieces towards this goal. Bowls, vessels, wall pieces and sculptures. I did take some time this Fall to make some new jewelry and I spent that time over the Summer working on the collaboration piece, so that was time not directly spent working on this. I had a plan of a certain number of pieces I wanted completed (and how many of certain types to keep it well rounded). I’ll be finishing the big wall piece before the end of the year and hopefully have a bunch of work done on a medium sized wall piece I just started. That leaves 2-3 pieces that I wasn’t able to complete this year. I do have two of those started and a few more planned to begin shortly. This goal is being extended until the ACC show in February

And the Solo exhibition – like I said in the last two check-ins, this goal is tied to my body of work goal. Every step closer to completing that goal is a step toward completing this one. As far as specifically planning the exhibition, that will wait until after February when we see how the ACC show went.

2014 Year-end Goal Summation:

I think I did pretty darn good, especially when I look at the list of achievements I posted last week. I know that there are areas I need to work on, and unfortunately, these are part of a recurring pattern. It may seem like I’m putting some things off until after February, but that show is a game changer whether it goes well or poorly. I have to wait to make projections and path-changes until I actually experience it. That’s probably one of the reasons I’m having a hard time making goals for 2015.