I came across several quotes as of late worth pondering.
"He who works with his hands is a laborer. He who works with his hands and his head is an artisan. He who works with his hands, his head and his heart is an artist." - Unknown origin at the moment.
"Water the Fruit Trees, Not the Thorns" - Rumi (a poet I just heard of recently and need to read).
"Create your own garden." - said by a good friend from a speaker I can't recall.
What do these mean?
when a slew of quotes come into your life at the same time, covering intertwine topics, it has some significance to me.
Things haven't been so great and there's been a lot of thorns that Rumi mentions. It's the dead middle of winter, but it reminds me of orange trees with thorns, the fruit of scent from blooming roses, and dear to me the fruiting grapevines of this past season.
In the studio my fruit are the pots I make. I have one rule in the studio when I go in, "just make one good pot." Even if it's glazing, painting or throwing. This way I'm not disappointed, even if said pot/vase isn't very good. I believe that working with clay is a very individualistic, careful, gentle and even trying process. It is also full of failures, mistakes, messes and broken pieces. It is a practice of impermanence, which really seems to make the good pieces even more delicious to the senses.
So I have been carefully making my garden of clay pieces figuring out where they go and how to make them. It's taken many years, even when I wasn't making sculpture or throwing. I've had some great teachers and studied a lot of things. I am eternally grateful for my teachers and to the circumstances that let me focus on my art to help me heal. Money is always tight now, but I think I can give payback to my teachers by just making art and evolving.
Winter solstice is approaches and I become reflective. It's time for peace and forgiveness.
Blessings to all this seasons.