Thursday, April 1, 2010
There were three small bags of leftover clay sitting on the counter today. They're remnants of the clay I've been using over the past two months while we've been traveling in our RV looking for a new home and studio. I thought about tossing the clay; not because I am wasteful, but because so many other things are taking precedence for this move, how to transport my greenware safely being foremost in my mind.
I thought I'd try to reclaim the leftover clay since we have to drive 1.5 hours tomorrow to close on our home. Then the rest of the day will be spent unloading my car so we can drive back the 1.5 miles and pack up all the greenware from the RV into my car so we can move it to our new home so we can then move the motorhome along with the cats to our new home.
So I took just the pieces of clay from the upper right hand pile of the darker red clay and rolled it up into coils. I was going to make a coiled vase and then I though no, I need to make something different. I started out with a coiled base and then I just let the clay lead me along and somehow fashioned them into a sculpture. The pile of clay looks so much larger in the sculpture. Sometimes leftovers are better than fresh, not sure if that's the case in this instance, but I'm glad I didn't throw the clay away.
After I made this sculpture I was reminded of the Thousand Arms of Guan Yin representing selfless giving in Taoism. Now that I stand back from the piece, I can think about selfless giving. I hope the coils don't fall off or crack. I'm enjoying learning about religion, history and art while I work in clay. Now that I think about it I hope we have Thousand Arms to help with our move. Comments and suggestions are welcome.