This post is a great example of how Creativity helps heal the mind, the body, and the spirit.
LIFE DOES NOT STOP DURING THESE STRANGE TIMES
Though the perspective is surely changing. With the world shifting each day, I am able to see more clearly those things which are truly important to living the life I want.
I am taking this time to reflect on the kind of life best lived for me (don’t worry, pottery is of course in there) and personally, helping with healing is part of that best-lived-life.
I was contemplating how I might integrate my own healing into my artistic process and how I might involve and possibly help others with their healing. After contemplating this for sometime, I came up with the concept for ‘The Healing Vase’.
I WOULD LIKE TO EXTEND AN INVITATION TO YOU
Join the Healing Vase project for 2021.
More …. https://rakupottery.ca/2021/07/19/healing-together-2/
Sandra Apperloo is the potter behind The Pottery Parade.
She creates all her ceramics by hand from her studio located in Utrecht, The Netherlands.Apperloo loves colors and patterns, and has a weak spot for pastel shades.She likes to sculpt tiny eyes and paint weird freckles, and challenges herself to try out new fun things all the time.She rarely creates plans or designs before she starts working on a piece.Apperloo usually decides on the shape when she is building it, finding what feels good at that moment.This is the case for every part of the process: shaping, sculpting, choosing the colors and painting the patterns.It helps her to stay open minded and try out new things, which she believes really important in her work.More of Sandra Apperloo‘s whimsical works can be found at both https://thepotteryparade.com/ and https://www.instagram.com/thepotteryparade.
Lucy Clark calls herself a “Hand Built” Potter.
Each pot is built in the coil method, one layer at a time. It is then embellished or carved and set to dry for a month before it is fired.
The firing process involves bringing the kiln up very slowly to a temperature of around 1300 degrees and then it is turned off and watched until it hits 990 degrees. After the firing, the piece is lifted out with Kevlar gloves and placed in sawdust to “smoke” the pot in the old Pueblo style tradition.
Lucy uses no glazes in her process –the sheen comes from burnishing (polishing) the piece with a small quartz stone until it is smooth and silky to the touch.
Lucy pulls from her many years as a massage therapist and touching people to listen to what the clay wants to be and how it wishes to be transformed into shape in the physical universe.
Lucy Clark explains her talent best. “To me, life is a work of art, always in progress and only finished when we take our last breath. It is through this belief that art informs all that I am and all that I do. Even within the daily routines that consume so much of our time, art is alive and only waits for our notice.”
More of Lucy Clark’s marvelous pottery can be found at http://lucyclarkpottery.com .