Some of my neighbors refer to my ceramics work as "playing with mud." That's OK, at least they don't ask me why I'm talking to my pieces as I create them. I work in my garage which faces the street so as they walk by they either ignore me as being totally nuts or come in and say, "Hmmmmm....".
Our street is on the end of a long loop of streets so we get a lot of neighborhood exercise walkers, baby stroller walkers, dog walkers and the occasional runner. It's a nice feeling in today's increasingly fragmented society to see familiar faces, even though you may not know their names.