august 31, 2017

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“Magic happens when you don’t give up, even though you want to.
The Universe always falls in love with a stubborn heart.”
~ Unknown

 

extra special (snapseed)

 

Last Christmas Judy Sackett gave me an original Joe Molinaro mug. It was one of my all-time favorite gifts. If I haven’t told you about Joe, let me fix that. Joe is one of America’s best ceramicists. He recently retired from Eastern Kentucky University where he’d been teaching ceramics. During his tenure there he studied indigenous pottery craft in Ecuador (and other places, too, but mostly in Ecuador). That in-depth study surely informed his organic style. He creates stunningly beautiful work; truly elegant in its simplicity. As a bonus, he’s a super awesome guy. Naturally, I was thrilled when Judy gave me one of his pieces because I could never afford one on my own. So, you can imagine my heartbreak when, last Saturday, I dropped Joe’s mug onto a kitchen counter only to have it shatter into thousands of pieces. There was no way to fix it. I was sick. I confessed to Judy that I had destroyed my beloved gift. She, being the queen of awesome, today brought me another Joe Molinaro mug. I couldn’t believe it! I don’t know what I ever did to deserve such kindness, but I’m sure glad I did it. 

february 10, 2017

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“Never say there is nothing beautiful in the world anymore. There is always something to make you wonder in the shape of a tree, the trembling of a leaf.” ~ Albert Schweitzer

 

wow! (snapseed)

 

I came home to a box in my mail. I opened it to find this book, coffee mug, and the sweetest handwritten letter from Ellen Fagala. She read my post last week about my love of Kenya, Out of Africa, and Peter Beard. It seems I’m not alone in those loves. I recognized the book cover. I’d just seen it online last night, and like Peter Beard’s work on the Fleetwood Mac album, at first I didn’t make the connection with Beryl Markham, the subject of the book. But when I held the book in my hands today I realized on a shelf nearby sat ‘West With The Night‘ by Beryl Markham, one of the first female aviators and the third person in the love triangle of Karen Blixen (Isek Dinesen) and Denys Finch Hatton in Out of Africa. Ellen’s timing was eyebrow raising, and the book selection outstanding. Oh, but the best part was the coffee mug. You see, Ellen has been learning the art of ceramics as a way to work herself out of her grief over losing her Danny Boy last year to a heart attack. She made this cup just for me. I’m deeply honored. It’s the perfect Kopana color. The last two weeks have been a little trying for me on almost every level of my existence (growth will do that, so I don’t see it as a bad thing). This gift lifted my spirits at the right time. Even though we’ve always lived far apart, I’ve felt a kinship with Ellen since day one. Thank you, Ellen, for perfect timing, and your gracious, giving soul. Now, if you’ll excuse me, I’m taking hot tea in my new mug and curling up with a good book.

september 10, 2015

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“Go beyond the mere behavior and attitude of love,
and let Love become your way of being and living in the world.” ~ David Bennett

 

ceramic thing
ceramic thing

This unique ceramic piece was sitting alone in the ceramics room of the new SA/VS building during Tuesday’s Open House. I don’t know who the artist is, what the piece is titled, or even what it’s supposed to represent. I do know that it caught my eye, so for that, it is a successful piece. I love its whimsical alternate universe Pippy Longstocking feel. It has such a happy vibe.