Great Expectations

Great Expectations
Great Expectations

January is a month between reflections on the past year and plans for the future; brings with it the idea of ​​a new beginning, promises for the coming months and enthusiasm mixed with the melancholy of cold and short days. The ability to decide something for the next few months, to take an overall look, however, is really comforting, it always loads me with great expectations. It is the ideal time to start something, such as a course, change habits, make plans that can span the 12-months time span and thus go through the seasons. I don’t believe in good intentions but in projects and above all in what manages to make me happy. Expectation is an important part, usually tied to the beautiful things we await. So I wish you a start with great expectations!


Each type of project has a part that comes from an idea, the idea must be cradled and kept in the dark, like a seed under the earth, the birth and the possibility of taking root is not taken for granted, it is a delicate moment that must be preserved by any external interventions. In this phase of silence, ideas can take root. And at this stage there is also a sprout of expectation. Can I imagine what will happen, how will my project become? How will it grow, what kind of road will it take? Imagination is therefore the first part, the one that starts the project, without which an organic project will not be realized. The expectation is part of this moment and must continue to accompany him without losing confidence.

Knowing how to express and represent

It is the following phase, the project, from an ideal and imaginative level, begins to dress and incarnate, to do so it recalls the need to express and represent its nature. It is a step forward and like the previous one it must be carried out individually. At this stage it is important to find images that express and enrich the initial idea, without limiting it. No definitions or outlines are needed, but images and representations. What is the color of the idea, what representation does it have? It is an articulated internal process that still makes use of the echo of the imaginative force.

Communicate in written form

The time comes, when the previous stages are mature, when the project must be communicated in writing. This step is a further phase of incarnation of the idea. In the written word the previous phases must be conveyed, they will come to light black on white. I am still with my project, but a window opens outwards. In the phase of communication in written form in an organic and fluid way, further aspects of the project that I intend to carry out are outlined. The first draft, as far as I’m concerned, is spontaneous, I follow the inspiration of the previous phases and, only afterwards I see it again, I finish it. On the other hand, inspiration, imagination and representation have a fluid component that must not be blocked, on the contrary, it must be kept alive in all phases of the project.


Now is the time to share the project by talking aloud, telling, this is the time of meetings, a mercurial phase in which it might come to mind to contact a person who is not known, or who has lost sight of . Also in this case it is necessary to follow the intuition and maintain the integrity of the project.

Accounts and resources

In order for the project to go on its own feet for the world it is necessary to count and know what resources I can count on. Resources are fundamental, under this hat I collect both the relationships that can contribute, both the skills that are made available to me and the funds. This phase is a bit of a point of the situation, it can slow down the rhythm of the project, in the absence of resources it is necessary to slow down for example.

Choose and evaluate

It is the discernment phase of the data collected, it serves to understand how to concretize the work done previously. At this moment, to safeguard the project, it may be necessary to eliminate something: What do I keep? What do I eliminate? Questions and decisions are a fundamental part. Time is an important component, which can direct us towards one choice or another. What is the heart of the project? What does it have to do with me? By answering these questions I can keep going.

Maintain and evolve

The last phase concerns the life of the project that I had the strength to bring to light, each project has its own character, color and rhythm. It requires care, maintenance and the ability to evolve and generate. Over time, if healthy, the project is transformed and will be enriched from the outside. High expectations accompany great projects… ..



Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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