Monday, March 07, 2011

Creation and Destruction

Today has been an interesting day.  It's Monday (that's not what makes it interesting) and I take a ceramics class on Mondays.  I'm not a master potter by anyone's standards, but in the few years I've been playing with clay, I've gotten to a point where I'm not embarrassed to gift pieces to friends and family. And I can make a fairly matched set of cups and bowls now.

That's not what made today interesting either.  But it provides the backdrop and contrast to what is happening to my home even as we speak (or more accurately, even as I write this, and you read it).

What makes today interesting is the contrast between creation and destruction.

This is what I brought home from ceramics class today.

And this is what my basement looks like:

Creation and destruction. Two halves of the same coin.

And I am thrilled about both processes.

That's what makes today interesting.


  1. Creation, destruction - you're right - can't have one without the other. Nice pottery work, and I hope good progress on the house.

  2. The destruction seems enormous, beyond comprehension, how can a person possibly begin to reverse it? By starting with what you can do with what you can hold in your hands.

  3. Those cups look great. I did a pottery class when I first started working and my mother has lovingly kept all the pieces and I am soooooooo embarrassed every time I see my wonky wobbly efforts. And I'm so glad your house is finally on its journey back to you.

  4. Anne, Diane, and Michele--thank you so much for your kind comments.

    And Michele--I keep something from each of the class sessions so I can chart my progress. Some of my initial efforts were, shall we say, less than stable. LOL

  5. I love the pottery, Lisa. It just may be better than you think it is, most things we craft ourselves are like that.

    But one thought on all of this--in the midst of the mindlessness of that fire, there is that pottery, something in the middle of chaos that you can control, handle, shape and whittle down to size. I'm alright, it says. And you are.