Saturday, September 29, 2012

full plate

impressionistic naturescape photo collage
I suppose I thrive on the full plate concept of life. We're winding up (about a month away from completion of all details) the 1st floor renovation in our new home. I've been preparing for teaching 2 pottery classes beginning next week - adults and children. I have done some detail work on  my pottery website, so the moment I can stock it with items for sale it's ready to go. And last, but not least, there's the 24-7 endeavor that pays for all this bounty.

Saturday, September 15, 2012


3 moons - rust & old peeling paint composition - seen on historic building on main street last night in downtown yonkers

I can't help but think of change when we're transitioning from one season to the next, as we are now in New York.

"He who rejects change is the architect of decay. The only human institution which rejects progress is the cemetery."

- Harold Wilson

Friday, September 7, 2012

ceramic stoneware handmade birdbath

ceramic stoneware birdbath, greenware state, not refined, fired or glazed yet

The creative juices are starting to flow again after a long dormant spell. Thankfully, I don't fight the dormant spells as I used to. I do try to keep myself engaged with clay and in the process of making, but I'm pretty good at not punishing myself when there are no fruits born from my efforts. I know everything changes and that I will make something pleasing and worth sharing with the world eventually.

I'm working on this ceramic birdbath, pinched and coiled, for our backyard. I wish I'd used either a groggier sculpture clay or a paper clay, so I wouldn't have to worry about its prospects during firing. Oh well, I will execute it again if the kiln gods don't see it through in one piece. *Update 5/2/13: It made it through 2 firings. Here it is.

Saturday, September 1, 2012

finding myself in clay

red-stemmed swiss chard growing in our backyard garden

I share the quote below because it really resonates with me and describes the strong experience of familiarity I feel with clay, and reminds me that in Hebrew the word for man (or "red/blood" man) -- adam -- is derived from (or grown into) the word for earth (or "red/blood" ground) -- adamah. Adamah is feminine. Adam is masculine.

The quote:

"It's awkward to talk about a 'relationship with nature,' because the statement itself implies that nature is something different or separated from us. The roots of sustainable culture are in experiences where we are neither opposing nature nor trying to be in communion with it, but rather finding ourselves within it."
- Jonathan White

And how can one NOT think when reading White's quote, of Paulus Berensohn's classic, "Finding One's Way With Clay."
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