Sometime I just love parts of the process that don’t actually get to be in the finished product…. Such as:
Sometimes the whole is greater than the sum of its parts, but sometimes also what we take as the whole is much less than what went into it. Sometimes we overlook or miss out on what got left behind….. We see the finished pot but not the magic of creation.
Sometimes the background is important. Sometimes the process is just as interesting as what comes out….
Learn to love the secrets that are revealed. The incidental things…. Secrets that only you may ever know…. A glimpse into the side of creativity that lasts only a moment, then is gone, wiped clean as the process is carried beyond that moment of magic, or picks back up from the beginning and iterates yet another time….
Learn to embrace the ephemeral things. How perfect your pot seems fresh off the wheel, glistening with sweat, brimming with potential….. The subtle marks of your hand and tools…. The transition from one shape to the next as the pot unfolds a new articulation…. The scraps the didn’t make it….
The world is full of things that matter yet have only temporary existence and brief duration: A baby’s sudden rapturous smile… The laugh of a friend at the joke you just told….. The elation of understanding how lucky you are to love this person beside you…. The smell of fresh mowed grass…. A parent’s joy at their child’s own joy…….
Three cheers for the ephemeral, the incidental, the serendipity of process, and that the making is sometimes an end in itself!
Make beauty real!