Subject: Things I love about my new job!

Date: Sat, 13 Sep 1997 12:39:01 GMT

From: !!! (TarlaStar)

Organization: Little Sisters of the Perpetually Juicy

Newsgroups: alt.slack


Okay...everything. I love everything I do in the studio. I realized

yesterday that I must be doing the right thing because...I don't need

to frop all day. I can work from 9 until 5 and not even think about

frappy until I'm in the truck drivin' home. If you know me, you'll

know that's an amazing statement.


I love the smell of the oil clay. I love the way the warm clay feels

in my hands, the sensual way it goes onto the form. It's just

wonderful stuff.


I love the arc welder and the acetylene torch. I feel so macho with my

welding mask on. Sr. Jezabel says it makes her want to go see "Flash

Dance." The only thing I don't like about the welder is that I haven't

quite mastered the "drop" thing, where you tip your head forward and

drop the mask in time with the light of the arc.


I love that I'm meeting all kinds of new people. Paul's studio is a

curiosity around here, so everyone who can think of an excuse to

visit...does. I'm making all the connections, with none of the's ART LITE!


There was a moment...our second day working together, when I had a

pang of fear. Paul said, "Well, I need some music to work by. I hope

this won't be a breaking point with us." He was picking out a tape

from the maelstrom near the player.


I furrowed my brow and asked, "It's not gonna be hard-core country and

western is it?"


"Not today," he replied, putting the tape into the machine.

Suddenly...I heard a sound I hadn't heard in forty years..."Ishkedada

gehedehregan..." in a low purr. Holy Shit it was Eartha Kitt! I damned

near peed myself. And what was she singing? Nothing less than the song

in Turkish that my mother used to sing me to sleep with when I was a

very tiny girl; a song that I memorized to please my mother, and

taught my sons, but hadn't actually HEARD since I was four or so. I

got a big old shit-eatin' grin on my face. "I love Eartha Kitt," I

told him. Now HE was the one that was smiling. Nat King Cole came on

after Eartha. I was pretty much in heaven at this point, but there was

more. Monday morning, I went to find a tape and there was my favorite

Ella Fitzgerald (The Jerome Kern Songbook) tape. I slipped it in and

started it up. Paul started singing along with the tape, I joined in

and there we were, singing "You couldn't be cuter, that's right you

couldn't be sweeter, that's right, you couldn't be nicer, couldn't be

neater..." while we're measuring, packing clay and bending rebar. It

was just wonderful.


Yesterday, I did most of the welding. Paul told me what to weld, then

he walked out of the room. He trusts me already to do what he's taught

me and to do it well, without supervision. He likes me, he really

really likes me. The feeling is mutual, he's a great Master to work

for. He gave me a bust armature yesterday and told me to take it home

and sculpt The Bearded Guy. He also lent me his antique bronze

calipers. He's trying to bring me up to speed as fast as possible so

that I can take on half the load. This is not to say that he's taking

advantage of me. On the contrary, I've learned so much in the past

week, I feel like I should be paying him to work for him. Fortunately,

he seems to think I'm valuable enough that he's seeking out funding to

compensate me for my time. He already introduces me as "My assistant,



I love seeing the finished armatures. It's just wonderful to me to be

able to be so orderly and get such amazing results. There's no

guesswork involved. If you do this, this, then get THIS.

Learning how to expand a maquette into a full-sized sculpture has been

a wonderful experience that I doubt more than a couple dozen people in

the country have ever had.


I must be the luckiest person on the planet. How many people are

actually ANXIOUS to get to work every day? Free time seems boring,

time to get everything done that I can't do when I'm working, like

cleaning my house, feeding the family, washing my ass. Work time is

when I'm happy, at peace, excited and unwilling to stop. Only pain and

The Bearded Guy can drag me out of the studio.




Happy happy

joy joy.

*** Reverend Mutha Tarla Star***

It is by caffeine alone I set my mind in motion, it is by the

beans of Java that thoughts acquire speed, the hands acquire

shaking, the shaking becomes a warning, it is by caffeine

alone I set my mind in motion.--HToMC