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Artist | Hobbyist | Traditional Art
United States
Current Residence: Minnesota1
I am a writer and artists primarily working in porcelain clay these days. I don't do much painting anymore. I primarily sculpt and carve horses, masks, and various scenes in mid to low relief. I have always loved horses and they have always been subjects in my art. I am open for commissions on some similar porcelain work.

Winter Solstice

Journal Entry: Thu Dec 19, 2013, 10:34 PM

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.
Blessed be :D


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Erkrieal Jan 22, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you very much for the fave :).
AoE-Donations Jan 8, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
Hello.  You have been thanked for your kindness from everyone at AoE, here:…

griffinlady Jan 20, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Awww :)
MaypleLeaf Nov 5, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
♡ Welcome to :iconinspiring-pottery:!~
I hope to get to know you and your art more as you submit your art into the groups gallery folders.

Contact me if you have any questions/concerns.

Mayple~ ♥~♫
griffinlady Dec 8, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
me too :)
Thank you for the points! :hug:
Nexu4 Sep 9, 2013  Hobbyist Photographer
thanks for the faving! :)
thank you, for the fav... :flowerpot: :handshake:
Rhubarb1590 Jun 7, 2013  Student General Artist
Thanks for the favorite! Btw, I looooove your horse vases! Did you push them out from the inside or lay extra clay over the vase and carve? Or both?
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