I’m old yet my heart still fills with wonder as often as possible.
I feel young although when I sense all that I’ve been through, all the situations and experiences as opportunities, i find it all to be amazing. For that and many many things, I am grateful.
This leads me to share that I am excited to be on my road at this time with inspiration and opportunity to create moments in clay, in sculpture and/or on the Potter’s Wheel, meaningful moments of my heritage and ethnicity. I am Native American. I hope to heal ethnic traumas with the resonation and ripples of love.
More than 3 concepts hit my cerebellum when I saw this graphic, maybe you hit on these as well.. and maybe more (please feel free to share). Here’s the flow of information:
- Vivid green bowl.. cute! And is that a tree branch, in gold inlay? Wow! And then I read on…
- Oh History! of a piece of Japan’s culture, and their use of gold on broken pieces. That’s cool to know, now I can look with updated eyes upon pottery once ‘broken’.
- Ahh! the beauty is enriched with an updated history or story. Exactly and so well illustrated! Each of my handmade pottery pieces has a story – and sometimes when pieces don’t come out ‘as expected’ or ‘as hoped’.. it IS with updated eyes and updated heart that I see the pieces with their own unique & expanded beauty – and for this I am grateful, I am humbled, and I rejoin this marvelous mystery existence of life, love & creativity again. When was the last time you reached this awareness? Remember back… and consider illustrating the lesson learned, the message conveyed, and the spiritual growth you exercised via a graphic. What image would you use, what words would you add? Will you post on your social media too?
Celebrate the steps!
I’m considering participating in an upcoming event, the Iroquois Festival at the Iroquois Indian Museum in New York. Being a newbie for selling my pottery I am also a newbie for adorning and embellishing my pottery with native design. My vases have a cultural flair, more so than my mugs. But it’s the experience of the steps, the process, that is really most intriguing for me.
Iroquois Indian Museum
From start to finish, I am thoroughly allowing me to experience the experience. From the perspective of my heart, through the eyes of love, with the gratitude of creation and my pottery creations, I know I will marvel at the whole experience… I wish to celebrate the steps!
Water Earth and Lightning
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Selling my pottery is second or third to the creation of my pieces. There’s a whole other world or two prior to a sale.
When I hold a clump of clay before placing it on a Potter’s Wheel I pause for several moments connecting to Mother Earth, giving gratitude and attuning to Love.
So when I attended my first “show” I relished in the experience, trying to learn and cherish every moment. It was odd at first but I truly enjoyed talking with people. People were going to and fro, on their way to this and that.. and in that process I got the beautiful opportunity to see their lovely faces, wonderful souls, and to marvel at their path. I wish everyone much success on their journey.
So fast forward to now… and because Etsy is celebrating their anniversary I took the chance of doing my first online sale. This time I won’t be able to see the lovely faces but I know every buyer will be given a prayer of love and success for their journey. Thank you #Etsy.
Wood fired pieces always blow me away mainly due to the natural effects of flame, heat, and earthly elements. This cup is from the most recent wood-kiln firing.
Happy Memorial Day! Thanks to the brave men and women who died in service of the U.S.A.
We thought it would be nice to create a Sake set for my youngest stepson. I created 4 sets and offered him his choice of a bottle and 2 sake cups. I decided to enter one of the Sake sets that he did not chose into my company’s Employee Art & Literary Show… and won 1st Place in the Craft Category! What great fun and exciting experience.
1st Place – Sake Set
I heard these words, “Personal Relationship with the Matter World” from a recent YouTube video from Linda Moulton Howe (conversation at 39 mins 14 secs) and it resonated with me right then, right there. I felt a harmonious connection with those words and our recent Wood-firing event – – because creating pottery with a wood-fired kiln process is really, as artist, instructor, and amazing soul Wes Weiss recently said, it’s a “Labor of Love“.
Here are some photos from the 2018 wood-firing May 18-May 20.
Cones laying down
Potter Master Tim See
One of the unloading tables
My lot of finished pieces
Alan Gifted this beauty!
Potter Masters Gather
Front half of kiln
Potters unload kiln
Gently tapping shelfs
Sided view of front half of kiln