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 !!

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Centering:The Pot and the Potter 2014

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Centering
Centering for me is here and now.
It’s an expression of Wahoo….
A feeling of completeness inside,
when nothing can blow you outside,
Everything seems so pleasant
it’s when you are not future, past
But just the present.

The Touch of Clay
Till we become a Buddha
& take a beautiful form
out of our clay
the existence will wedge us on
the times wheel
passing through the circles of
births & deaths since eternity.
The potter will explore his creativity

A Potter’s Dynamic
The chaotic breath wobbles,
as the soil wobbles on the wheel at first.
Second step goes catharsis
when the potter wedges clay
to make air outburst.
Third goes the pulling up of both
Hu Hu Hu…
Everything stops to watch
whether the clay body is centered or not…
The 5th
goes dancing when the pot
is ready to take off…

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?