Winter Thoughts -
The importance of Flowers
This is NOT a lemonade storyYears ago this clump birch that stands outside the kiln shed/next to the raku pad was healthy and strong but as trees do, it began to fail. The tree trimmer came in and cut down the dead parts of the clump. I almost cried. It was so naked, alone and frail almost. In a serendipitous moment, I noticed the vases on the side porch that were destined for the second sale. I knew that they would fit just right
on the newly created stumps, so before the tree trimmers were even finished cleaning up I had moved the tallest vases to the clump. Throughout the years some of the vases were knocked over by wind or dogs or people and broke. Even with sand in the bottom, that would happen. Sometimes I wanted new vases on the stumps. I left these on the tree way too long before I finally put them away for the winter. First, though-photo time!
We are working in the studio, reading pottery books, moving snow (not me, John does that), walking dogs, stacking and burning wood, hauling wood ash, cleaning snow off the roof, visiting medical pros (we're a little older :) and we've learned it's an older person "hobby"), reading and having a few naps. These are all good winter activities for creatives and makers. We're taking a very nice break and refueling, giving our brains some room and time to work without our interference. It's working, too. It's an exciting time in the studio.