CIRCLE OF RENEWAL

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In the beginning

I took the pot in my hand,

smoothed its surface

and sponged the dust away.

Pencil in hand,

I bravely allowed

the first faint tracing of a dancing woman.

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The pot was round;

one woman led to another.

Limbs intertwined, connected.

Hands took flight.

Flight called to flight,

and small birds joined the dance.

Each woman’s face expressed the joy

I was feeling.

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It was time to emphasize the lines

that would absorb the color.

A tiny instrument in hand,

I deepened the impression…

committing further

to this particular dance of joy.

How beautiful to be absorbed again

in the creative process,

to disregard the ache of my still healing arm!

How beautiful

 to celebrate the dance again,

to trust the strengthening and rehabilitating gift

of making art!

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Yes, I embraced the process,

though the next step in the process

obscured the lines.

I may have trembled as the green wash was applied,

Yet I had come to trust

the layering and un-layering that life requires,

I knew that here, too, was the possibility

of revelation.

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I held the pot and gently rubbed its surface.

The thumb on my right hand

assumed a greenish hue…

as I forgot myself

in the enlightening moment

of re-emerging line.

More glaze was then applied:

a delicate rose brought warmth

to the dancer’s bodies.

The flying birds were lit

by a sunny yellow.

The next step in this dance

would be the alchemy of firing.

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Just as dancing women encircle this little Pot, women encircle the table where I am learning to paint on pottery. Thanks to Patricia, Adele, Marie, and Nancy who guide my apprenticeship, and to Penny and Ruth who are mightily adept at working with molds. I have been made welcome by the warm and talented sisterhood who grace the workshop annex of Shearwater Pottery.

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6 Responses to “CIRCLE OF RENEWAL”

  1. Gel Says:

    I love it….every bit of it!
    Thanks.

  2. leiflife Says:

    Thank you, Gel. There is rather a lot of it to love. I love the experience and the renewal.

  3. Patsy Powers Says:

    I DO SO LOVE ALL THAT YOU POST, MY FRIEND, HELEN RAY HUTCHINSON FORWARDS THEM BECAUSE SHE KNOWS THAT I LOVE EVERYTHING TO DO WITH YOUR FAMILY. I VISITED THERE (SHEARWATER) MORE THAN ONE TIME, I MET SOME OF YOUR FAMILY, AND I JUST LOVED IT ALL. I TOOK MY YOUNGEST GRANDSON AND MY DAUGHTER TO VISIT THE WALTER ANDERSON MUSEUM RECENTLY AND THEY, TOO, WERE ENTRANCED. THANK YOU, AND I LOVE THAT “RAY” SENDS THESE ON TO ME, I KEEP EVERY ONE OF THEM.

    • leiflife Says:

      Thank you for your appreciation and your response. It is good to be part of the Anderson flow…to keep it alive and growing. May it continue…

  4. Kendall Says:

    Leif, I’m so glad you told this story and posted these pictures of your very beautiful dancing pot. I love how the process leaves your dancers’ bodies wonderfully mottled, much as time does with us. I love the abandon, the play, the unpredictability of it all–feet, hands, heads, breasts, a torso. Birds. A green background, just like the foliage that provides the background for the photographs. “How beautiful to be absorbed again…”. Oh yes.

  5. leiflife Says:

    As always, you see what needs to be seen, realize my deeper intention, and toss it back to me in your inimitable poetic style. Thank you, dear one.

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