To begin again at the beginning. That is the task in front of us each and every day. To start from the same place armed with the information that we have garnered from our previous work. And to apply the knowledge earned to the moment that we are in.
That is the task that I set for myself as we begin this New Year. I feel that I have made progress this passed year. I know myself a bit better and the work on the craft that I am pursuing has shown me that I am coming closer to an understanding of what I can do with the clay. Not every day produces the desired result, but even those pieces whose outcomes don’t make it to the desired end still offer instruction and those pieces can in good part be the most successful in that they show the way forward in a way that realized pieces may not.
I am thankful for the opportunity to pursue this creative work each day that I choose. How lucky to be able to sit at the wheel, to carve, experiment with glaze and color, to see the magic of the fire and smoke. Nothing is guaranteed, each piece has a beginning and only in time will we see what it will become.