Austin ceramic artist Johnna Krantz re-established her love of the craft during quarantine.

After being laid off from her job at a local gallery, she became dedicated to making art once again. Though it was always in her, she finally found the time to create for the sake of creating, without focusing too much on the end goal.

Photo by Joey Cruz, @cruzpix

We were delighted to feature her ceramic work in Issue 20 “Combo.”

My sister says my spirit animal is a turtle, and she’s probably right.

Getting back into the headspace of being a maker again after leaving my full-time job in 2020 was definitely a challenge for me.

At first, I just stressed myself out by failing to meet my own self-imposed productivity goals. I had to re-learn being patient with myself, slow down and enjoy each phase of the ceramic process instead of worrying about what I hadn’t finished yet.

I’m fully in decorating mode right now and loving it. Turns out, I actually make more art when I stay focused on the current step rather than looking at the next 8 steps.

Slow and steady really does win the race!

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