Great Expectations

January is a month caught between reflections on the past year and plans for the future; it brings with it the notion of a fresh start, promises for the upcoming months, and enthusiasm mixed with the melancholy of cold and short days. The ability to decide on something for the next few months, to take an overarching view, is truly comforting; it always fills me with great expectations. It’s the ideal time to embark on something new, such as a course, changing habits, making plans that can span the twelve-month timeframe and navigate through the seasons. I don’t believe in mere good intentions but in concrete projects, and above all, in what brings me happiness. Expectation plays a crucial role, usually intertwined with the beautiful things we anticipate. So, I wish you a beginning filled with high expectations!


Every type of project originates from an idea; this idea must be nurtured and kept in the dark, like a seed beneath the earth. The birth and the possibility of taking root are not guaranteed; it’s a delicate moment that must be shielded from external interventions. During this phase of silence, ideas can germinate, and along with them, there sprouts an anticipation. Can I imagine what will happen? How will my project unfold? How will it grow, and what path will it take? Imagination is thus the initial step, the one that initiates the project, without which an organic project cannot materialize. Anticipation is part of this moment and must continue to accompany it without wavering.

Expression and Representation

This is the subsequent phase; the project, from its conceptual and imaginative stage, begins to take shape and manifest. In doing so, it emphasizes the necessity of expressing and representing its essence. It’s a step forward, and like the preceding one, it must be undertaken individually. At this stage, it’s crucial to discover images that convey and enrich the initial idea, without constraining it. No definitions or outlines are necessary, only images and representations. What color does the idea possess, and what form does it take? It’s an intricate internal process that still relies on the reverberation of imaginative force.

Written Communication

The moment arrives when the preceding stages mature, and the project must be communicated in writing. This step is a further incarnation of the idea. In written form, the preceding phases must be conveyed; they will emerge in black and white. I remain with my project, but a window opens outward. During the phase of written communication, various aspects of the project that I intend to undertake are outlined in an organic and fluid manner. As far as I’m concerned, the initial draft is spontaneous; I follow the inspiration from the preceding phases, and only afterward do I revise and finalize it. After all, inspiration, imagination, and representation possess a fluid component that must not be stifled; instead, it must be kept alive throughout all stages of the project.


Now is the time to share the project through verbal communication, narration; this is the phase of encounters, a mercurial phase where it may occur to me to reach out to someone unknown or lost sight of. In this case as well, it’s essential to follow intuition and maintain the integrity of the project.

Accounts and Resources

For the project to stand on its own feet in the world, it’s necessary to take stock and understand the resources I can rely on. Resources are fundamental; under this umbrella, I gather both relationships that can contribute and skills made available to me, as well as funds. This phase is somewhat of a status check; it can slow down the project’s pace, especially if resources are lacking, necessitating a slowdown, for instance.

Selection and Evaluation

This phase involves discerning the collected data, understanding how to concretize the work done previously. At this moment, to safeguard the project, it may be necessary to eliminate certain elements: What do I retain? What do I discard? Questions and decisions are integral to this process. Time is a significant component that can guide us toward one choice or another. What lies at the heart of the project? What significance does it hold for me? By answering these questions, I can continue forward.

Maintenance and Evolution

The final phase concerns the life of the project that I’ve had the courage to bring into the light. Each project possesses its own character, color, and rhythm. It requires nurturing, maintenance, and the capacity to evolve and generate. Over time, if healthy, the project transforms and becomes enriched from external sources. 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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