Where ideas come from

I was recently listening to the podcast The Potter’s Cast, about a potter, Angela White Wenger.  She’s doing something amazing, which is capturing spider webs and transferring them to clay.  And I got to thinking, where do all of our ideas come from?  I immediately wanted to go out and try to do the same, but really, it would just be copying her. (and she gets up at dawn to capture these and I’m not a morning person, so I’d have to hope those spiders waited for me)

My ideas are generally gotten from hearing about ideas like this.  They are jumping off points.  I think to myself “well, I can’t do that exact same thing, it’s been done, so what could I do that would be fun and different”.  And off I go.  She lives in Northern California, but her work will be included (maybe in the gift shop?) in the current show at the ROM called “Spiders: Fear and Fascination“.