Snowfall – artistic & scientific

Glazed Stoneware Ceramic Bowl Set. Talc Deposits pooling together = Glaze not melted completely for some Or Snowfall near Christmas for some.

 

Sometimes we get so technical/scientific, that even our eyes betray us. Only ‘new eyes’ can see beauty/design.

Sometimes we get so caught-up in the aesthetics, that we get blocked and stay stuck without experimenting and breaking boundaries.

Have we as humans developed to a point/time of balancing these aspects of the scientific & the artistic?

Big Bang Theory is passé. My all time favorite cartoon movie is not Tangled. It’s Shrek – part 1.

Cheers ! For this merry season. Snowfall !!

What/Who is an Artist

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My Father
Asked me today

Why do you define your
Brand Identity
Brand Awareness
Brand Consciousness
As – Artist . Potter . Writer

Well, What to do
I responded
Hopefully today is the day
When just the word Artist

Will convey

 

Living the Creative Life

The group at Osho Nisarga

I am an Artist
This is my process
Living
The Creative Life

I was not expecting them
And they do not surprise me –
These mysteries
Beyond the plan

But they do overwhelm me
With these tears of joy
And then
This gratitude
About the presence
Of the Master

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The Creative Life:
Expressing the Divine
through Painting, Poetry and Pottery

Attached to Art?

Sometimes I come across artists who want to decide who buy’s their art.
Are ‘they’ good enough to buy it? To understand it?
Sometimes artists feel that no one can understand their art except themselves.

What do we do when we feel attached to the piece of Art we have created?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel quite comfortable if the pot breaks after being used sufficiently.

It’s a little less comfortable if it breaks as soon as it comes out of the kiln (while transferring to another location)

The actual process of working with clay is always such a learning experience.
And during that, there are plenty of cracks, breaks. But that’s how it is!

Beyond being morally/spiritually correct – ‘Letting Go’ of our creations

My experience is that we usually either overly express our sorrow on loosing a pot
or we end up suppressing the feeling all together (usually when we are trying to be morally or spiritually CORRECT)

What I learnt is the way to breakthrough is to be aware of our feelings/thoughts.

Basically what is left behind if we do not overly express

or suppress the feelings/thoughts is awareness.

Acknowledging how we feel.

Being aware of how we feel.

Not talking about the feeling

but Living the Feeling.

And it’s amazing how it changes to Joy!

Waiting for Perfection?

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We had a discussion about this.
My boyfriend and me.
You see we are both Potters.
And I dont like using this term but well..yes we are both Meditators.

We met at a meditation center 6 years ago. Love happened, we quit our jobs, gave up the house  and started travelling. We dedicated time and energy to our meditation practice and to travelling. We mixed them up and then came pottery. It just happenned a few years ago. And we got addicted.

Back to what we had a discussion over!

Well, we are very different. Our methods are different.

Method = Meditation method/technique/path and also Method = Pottery method

He makes them and breaks them. Pots!
For him the process is complete.  He is not attached to them.
It is not an easy choice for beginners to break their first few cylinders.
He has been comfortable with this way from the start. This is his way.

Now there is another method of teaching pottery –

“Keep breaking them till you get them perfect!”

You keep making them and breaking them till you achieve perfection!
They call this the Zen way of Pottery!

Sometimes beginners have to make 100’s of cups before they get to glaze and fire their first.

Talking to many of my potter friends, I realized that this was the method they were taught by.

I was introduced to pottery by a teacher who encourages all beginners to fire all their pots.
Even when I disliked the piece I had made, the teacher would show me something unusual about it. She showed me how to look at it with new eyes.

I enjoyed making it, glazing it and firing it!
I love the pieces I made when I started. The above slideshow shows them. The first pinched bowl.
The first cylinder which was turned into an aromatherapy lamp.

I find that when we make art from a space of not knowing too much about the medium. When we are innocent to what is good or bad (which is introduced to us). When we create from that innocence. Those pieces are very authentic. If we have the eyes to see them, we see ourselves in them.

I enjoy uniqueness. Living who we are in this moment.
And anything we create is a perfect expression of this moment.

What is your method?

It’s Not About Money!

Yes, it’s not commercial.
It’s like art and like poetry. It’s like Clay.

It’s like the taste of the rhythm of working with clay. Have you tasted it?
Have you tasted patience?

I’m savoring it now. As I sit before this piece.
(unfired, unglazed slabwork vase)

It’s not about money or fame or being a potter or an artist.
It’s about becoming this. This moment. This tasting..looking.

Living this moment.
Living it totally.

Life has become art.
I’m not an artist working with Clay.
Life is Play!
Playing it!

The Creative Life – Painting, Poetry and Pottery

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sundaram or Beauty is a trait of the ultimate experience.
To see beauty in ourselves.
To see beauty in others.
To feel that undercurrent, the deep flow – The life force
Manifesting this life force through creativity is Divine Expression.

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25th to 31st Aug 2012 (arrival on 24th)
Osho Nisarga Meditation Center, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh, INDIA
Please book in advance: +91-9418037370 (9.30 AM to 5 PM)
info@oshonisarga.com         www.oshonisarga.com

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This retreat is for meditators who wish to create
and for creative people who wish to meditate.
We will be experimenting with two aspects –

THE ART PROCESS –
We begin by experiencing the Art Process as a meditative tool.
As a technique for releasing life energies through different art forms.
The joy of expressing and not judging.
Becoming the process of creation without goals.
The process is the key.

ZEN ART – When true meditation happens,
one does not have a choice but to overflow, to become creative.
Here we practice different meditations.
And create from that space.
The meditative space being more important than any art technique.

The way of the artist is a beauty-full and playful way to realization.

Come, be drunk and share the Divine!