Tuesday, May 29, 2012

4 days and 3 hours

Summer is here.
Did you get the memo?

4 days and 3 hours more.
Of school.
Of my days potting, 
well, partially anyway.

I am taking deep breaths and 
Seeing the joy that will be.

Imagining scenarios where I can 
do pottery
go swimming
brother refereeing 
celebrating our time,
our time together
while they are still
celebrating time with me.

and still doing pottery, for me,
while they are home.
My mission.

I will achieve it.
I am certain.
It may not look pretty in the beginning
but it will end up beautiful.

Here we go.
Seven, Ten, and two Forty-three year olds.
We will make magic this summer.
With the help of our community,
of hard work,
and hard play.

Deep Breath.
and Summer.

Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Wow... I have been gone a long time.

It is darn warm out there if you didn't notice.
I am making it warmer by firing a bisque.
It should be up to temperature in another 30 minutes or so.

So, while I was gone....

I fractured my right hand (by hitting a chair when I got too angry),
and no I would never have hit my child, I was just at my limit and had to hit something. 
In my defense, I did choose a cushy armchair, it was just not cushy enough.

So while I was moaning about not being able to run in my one and only marathon,
I decided to do something anyway.
I decided to make hand-built functional pottery.
I haven't stopped since and it has been almost 8 weeks.

It seems that wonderful things really can come out of rotten situations.
It is hard to see it when you are in it. For sure.

I am cast free, throwing and hand building and trying, for the first time in my 25 years of living with clay, to make a go at it.
I mean to make a it a way to supplement my families income.

I am not delusional. I understand how hard this is and how many hours it takes and most of all that I might actually have to learn the business part of all this mess.
But I am excited. Like want to be in the studio all the time excited.
I am firing almost once a week and am working on a "line" that I feel proud of 
and that I hope will enrich people's eating experiences.

I have continued being a mom, which tends to happen when you have two kids who are 7 and 10, and have struggled with rebellious, confused, angry children. 
Not every minute, of course, but enough for me to anticipate it happening every day.
I am officially reading Love and Logic: Teaching Children Responsibility.
The premise is to hold them accountable for their actions with consequences while maintaining empathy about the situation they are in. 
The empathy part is quite challenging. :(
This could all be applied to other people I know and love and live with too ;).

Well, life is about learning and it is about being the best person we can be for those we love.
So here I go, trying again, like I will, over and over.

I have been cherishing my friends as of late. Well, I always do, but sometimes you
just realize
they are incredible and they make
the days
so much more
So thank you 

So I am potting, parenting and partying 
(not really partying just sounded good)

Oh and I have a new pottery blog... like really new, as in only one post new


Come visit and see my new pots and leave comments on how they can make you happier.

Happy almost summer. Only 23 more days of school. Yikes.