Tag: beauty


Beauty’s becoming – a meditation on gain and loss


Whidbey Island Late-summer Tomatoes Our culture confuses beauty and glamor. They are different. Glamor sells, whereas beauty inspires.  Britney Spears may sell but Vanessa Redgrave inspires. Glamor is flawless whereas beauty can be centered in the very flaws of a thing, of a person, of a situation, of a life....

Imperfections


Our imperfections make us gorgeous. Wabi-sabi is a “word-view” from Japanese aesthetics which centers on the willing acceptance of transience and imperfection.  It is often used in ceramics when something “goes wrong” but, actually makes the pot stunning precisely because of the “mistake.”  The notion comes from the Buddhist teachings...

clay


  LaFond, oxidation purple , 2012, quartz As a potter, I know how fragile clay is when it has yet to be fired in a kiln.  It may indeed be the most beautiful vase, with sweeping handles like the legs of a ballerina and a neck like that of a...

the fires of suffering and transformation


As a potter, I know how fragile clay is when it has yet to be fired in a kiln.  It may indeed be the most beautiful vase, with sweeping handles like the legs of a ballerina and a neck like that of a swan.  It may sit on a foot,...

pinks and blues


This mosaic image of Jesus in The National Cathedral has long been one of my favorites.  But since moving to Denver, it has taken on a new importance because the pinks and blues surrounding Jesus are easily recognizable to anyone who lives here.  This is an evening Denver sky. We...

bits of beuty as a healing agent


    Ohi Chozaemon IX (1901-1986)  Japan, 1955, Earthenware Tea Bowl Denver Museum of Art Not to long ago I found that I had nothing scheduled in my calendar from 12:30-1:30 on a Wednesday. I remember being confused by the space.  What do I do?  Should I not be having...

Creativity and Imago Dei


In my new rental, the pottery studio extends off the oratory - a room set aside for silence, sitting, praying and decorated almost entirely by icons.  I love that this is the case because of the way pottery seems to extend from the relationship I have with God and the...

Community


    Subscribe & Follow The Holy Trinity Icon, (Rublev) Mount Athos, Greece, Egg tempera on carved wood, 2000 In a society so inundated with images every day on facebook, television, advertising and other media, it is hard to imagine what a 15th century Christian would have thought on encountering...