Tuesday, June 25, 2013

larger kiln, larger pieces

large ceramic stoneware handmade triple gourd floor vase glazed in blue with dimpled glossy surface
 I just got this piece home from the studio and am very pleased with the results. I wish only that I had a larger kiln, so I can make larger pieces.

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

decision fear

tadpoles in shallow water, taken at innisfree garden, milbrook, ny

“People often avoid making decisions out of fear of making a mistake.  Actually, the failure to make decisions is one of life’s biggest mistakes.”

- Rabbi Noah Weinberg, 48 Ways To Wisdom

Saturday, June 15, 2013

an act of faith

birdhouse duplex. i've made small holes for bamboo sticks to criss-cross inside, so a bird can make a nest on top, while their family or friends make a nest on the bottom. i've also cut in a lid jack-o-lantern style and perforated it at the corners and in corresponding spots on the body opening, so i can wire it shut, but open it to clean out at the end of the season, depending on what species inhabit it. i've been told that some birds like to have nests removed, and some like them to stay put for returning the next season. i'll have to research the birds that live here.

“Making art is an act of faith, willing something into existence that will mean something to the outside world.”

-Gregory Crewdson in documentary "Brief Encounters"

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

morning prayer

 coffee mug was a project I did with my kids clay class

In warm weather I wake before sunrise, when the birds' chatter is louder than the commuting racket on the Saw Mill Parkway. I sit outside on our patio in a comfy chair retrieved not long ago from a neighbor's garbage, journal while drinking 2 cups of coffee, meditate, then garden, all before starting my day.

Friday, June 7, 2013

small creatures

ceramic beads for fish dangle necklace pendant. not glazed and 2nd fired yet.

"She had studied the universe all her life, but had overlooked its clearest message: For small creatures such as we the vastness is bearable only through love."

Contact - Carl Sagan.
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