Friday, March 6, 2015

Pot(Cha) Kutcha

That was fun!  Our little clay club got together at Allen Kradlak's awesome studio last night and
enjoyed some presentations from different members.. 20 images for 20 seconds....  It was really fun.  I did it, because for most of my life I've avoided doing stuff like this because the idea of public speaking sent me into a real panic, but... I think the more you do it the easier it gets, and it has for me... I almost am to the point where my heart isn't beating wildly out of my chest and I've completely forgotten how to speak.  But.... not quite.  Guess I better keep practicing.  Everyone did something different.  Mine was about going to Turkey last summer, and some recent work affected by the trip.
A real treat was to be in Allen's studio.  Large, warm, nicely lit, and completely dreamy.  I wonder what I might make if I escaped from my fishbowl... And.... the shelves of underglazes and glaze.   I can't even imagine how much fun it would be to play there....It was a great night.  Thank you Allen!!

Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Presence and absence

" Of course I’ll hurt you. Of course you’ll hurt me. Of course we will hurt each other. But this is the very condition of existence. To become spring, means accepting the risk of winter. To become presence, means accepting the risk of absence."
Antoine de Saint Exupéry - The Little Prince

Sunday, March 1, 2015

Yesterday and today

Today is my brother's birthday always on the edge of leap year.  I always thought about this date as the end of winter, though in the case of this year with two feet of snow still on the ground a forcast for 10 more inches today and sub zero Temps, it is going to take a while.

Yesterday I finished painting these though they still need to be fired a few times..... and i also listened twice to this interview:  The long and short version.  If you have time, please
Wake up to it....have some coffee or tea and listen!  Joe Henry is about my age, and I felt in awe of his wisdom.  I wrote down a few things to remember like...maybe the obstacle is the road..???. Hmmm not a bad way to consider whatever is happening in one's life.

Saturday, February 28, 2015

three ways i dream for your return

A Mouse and a Frog Near a Pond Jalal al-Din Rumi, Maulana (Author) PERIOD 1073 AH/AD 1663

Beans Green and Yellow

From Swan: Poems and Prose Poems

By Mary Oliver 
In fall

it is mushrooms

gathered in dampness
under the pines;
in spring
I have known the taste of the lamb
full of milk
and spring grass;
it is beans green and yellow
and lettuce and basil
from my friend’s garden –
how calmly,
as though it were an ordinary thing,
we eat the blessed earth.

Hieronymus Bosch - detail from The Garden of Earthly Delights