Tag: suffering


Sorrow and Joy


Some of my Tea Bowls. Setting Moon Pottery. Charles LaFond, potter. Number 1 when I was 18 - my first pot. Number 25 was fired recently. A life of bowls. “Your joy is your sorrow unmasked. And the selfsame well from which your laughter rises was oftentimes filled with your...

warm pots, warm lives


It is good to stand by as things are being transformed by fire.   It is a mystical process. Everything is changing and yet only the fires move, undulate like snakes, like waves, like whirling leaves in a gentle wind.  The clay and the glaze are all changing.  Small pockets of...

curiosity and acid


  When we humans face directly into suffering we do what animals do - we do what Kai-the-dog does.  We pull away.  If Kai sees a vacuum cleaner he runs into any other available rooms and sits there looking at the world out over his glasses with a very stern...

the soul’s turning


When I was hit by a speeding bullet city train in Prague three years ago, the ambulance flew through the streets with me tied to a board and no stewardess with cocktails or even nuts.  On arrival at the hospital, I seemed fine, and we all thought I might go...

Go quiet, and let it happen to you.


We carry things, tremulously,  into holy spaces, hands clutching at out throat. When my crucifixion icon cracked, it made sense. We carry our suffering to the cross. Two people carry the water and wine up and into the area around the altar to be given to the deacon as they...