With spring on it’s way, I am looking forward to seeing buds coming on the trees and the birds returning. It won’t be long now.
When thinking of cycles of spring and rebirth, the Tree of Life always comes to mind.
The tree of life is prevalent in the mythologies of the world. It is considered to be a symbol of creation and interconnectedness. Common roots of our world family can be found in this concept, and not just in some far off ancient texts.
For my first solo art exhibition, ‘Myth of Family’, I created a sculptural piece honouring this mystical tree.
It is a theme I like to explore in my work. You may recall a previous work I did by this name, which is now one of the windows in my studio.
The world needs trees. It is a delicate balance of interconnected organisms on a scale that I feel is beyond our imagining. Living beings on this planet, including microbes and plants work together in unexpected ways.
The Tree of Life, and many other artworks are explored in depth in my recent book A Potter’s Dream: Myths & Legends. The book collects stories across cultures and centuries, adapting them to my pottery with wit, love, compassion and joy. “A Potter’s Dream: Myths and Legends” is a decidedly modern take on the traditional topics of pottery, healing, community – and what it means to be human – all interwoven with the magic of raku and stunning pottery. It is available here for $25.
Perhaps people are not unlike this too. Why would we be an exception? The choices I make here may have a ripple effect, more prominently on those closest, but ripples can reach out far and wide. I do believe we are all interconnected in ways we can not understand.
Spring always reminds me of this fact. What do you most love about spring?
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