Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Friends and Sharing
I've learned something new and profound about clay. I guess I knew it deep down, but it just hit me today. I think the best part of working with clay is sharing and making new friends, and having others share with me. Others who I have met through their blogs and in person, willing to share.
I am so amazed at the willingness of others to share their art and knowledge. And yet I am not so amazed. I, too, get immense satisfaction sharing my love of clay with others, sharing what I make with others, sharing my excitement about clay, sharing what I've learned about clay, and having others do the same. What a wonderful thing. Clay rewards me every day.
A package arrived from Alaska the other day and I was so excited. The package was from Cindy Shake, a very talented metal sculptor. I admired Cindy's Raven on her blog and we came to an agreement to make a trade with each other. That's my Raven you see hanging in my home in a place of honor. My photography doesn't do justice to the piece. Cindy's note said I could hang it outside, but there is no way I'm letting my Raven get exposed to the elements.
When I opened the package Gary looked at the Raven and said, "Wow, that is a beautiful bird, it looks so realistic, and it is so you". You see ravens have been special to me for many years. I even do a raven impression, with their walk and call. (No I'm not doing a video of my impression, you'd laugh yourselves silly).
If you haven't been to Cindy's blog, Artmaking in the North, be sure to check there often, she even incorporates clay features into some of her sculptures. Cindy, thank you so much for my beautiful Raven.