Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Pottery Goodness

This piece brings me so much joy when I look at it.  I think coil construction is probably the most rewarding technique I've learned so far.  Of course I've yet to learn how to throw pieces on the wheel, so there most certainly will be more rewards (and challenges) to come.  
Whenever I am working in this technique I find I am at once so focused yet so very much in outer space.  It always leaves me feeling somewhat relaxed and hypnotized, kind of like a good massage or a productive therapy session.
I'm finding there are lessons to be learned from working with clay that reach far beyond those of form and function.  The parallels to parenting alone are astounding with regard to nurturing, guidance, and, most of all, relinquished control.  So many pieces have evolved into something I didn't expect, as though the clay knew all along what form it would take. Those pieces I strong armed, committing myself to stick to a plan, emerged from the kiln a vague disappointment. Other pieces have been a challenge to the point of my willful dismissal, but upon hearing a tiny voice in my head to "Just go ahead, glaze it," I followed the orders only to discover beauty that would have never been realized.

Saturday, December 6, 2008

My Babette Blanket

I finished this blanket back in the summer and have been slack about getting a really great photo to do justice to all my hard work. This will have to do.
I love this project because it embraces both the freeform and the technical sides of crochet, with just enough balance to keep me interested for a couple of months at a time.
It is made from scrap worsted weight yarn, mostly acrylic and wool/acrylic blend. I have laundered it twice and it has survived in tact, which I feel is a true feat.
I have already begun another, but am much more slow going this time. The holiday season just turns me into a big ol' crafty Tasmanian Devil.