Transformations with Life #17 (Time to Grow Up)

I had a different plant in this small tea cup, but it died in a big downpour. I needed something that might fill the pot and work in a well lit place. This pair of hugging cacti fit the bill. The pinch pot made with a stoneware clay body and decorated with various stains before … Continue reading Transformations with Life #17 (Time to Grow Up)

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Transformations With Life #15 (New Home for the Prickly Pear)

I'm frequently amazed at what I image when I look at cactus like these: I see buildings, I see people in a crowd, and I see balloons on strings. What I find is all smiles. I catch myself smiling at these little beauties. I catch myself talking to them like pets. I really get a … Continue reading Transformations With Life #15 (New Home for the Prickly Pear)

Transformations With Life #14 – Reaching for Nirvana

Another example of the persistence of life. Like many of my plants, I find them on walk, this time deep in a vast filed of wild growth. This amazing plant was growing out of a dry mud patch. The earth was so dry and hard packed, that I broke the small shovel I was using … Continue reading Transformations With Life #14 – Reaching for Nirvana

Transformations With Life #13 – Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef

This little plant was hard to catch. It was hiding in a dry patch of a massive field of wild flowers. I'm not certain, but it might be a baby smoke bush. There are some bigger trees with similar leaves nearby, or maybe they are overgrown bushes. Anyway, they are growing wild in this field. … Continue reading Transformations With Life #13 – Bonsai Island on a Coral Reef

Clutter or Opportunity? I know what I’m choosing!

It's been a busy year for creative outputs and there's no slowdown ahead. There's also been a lot of self-awareness learning going on around here lately. Amazingly, a lot of it revolves around the benefits of a more decluttered life. So, we've been contemplating the pros and cons of what to do with all our … Continue reading Clutter or Opportunity? I know what I’m choosing!

Transformations With Life #12 – The Island

During my walk this morning, I deviated through a buggy and bushy field. I came across this tenacious little tree growing in a dry patch. It looked like an island of life in the sea of dead grass. They it hit me that it could be even more of an island. I decided to combine … Continue reading Transformations With Life #12 – The Island

Transformations With Life #11 – A Single Thought

I found this tiny maple tree growing like a weed near my deck in the backyard. It hoped up from nowhere and seemed to have something important to say, but it had no voice. I still had one of hundreds of small shot classes I made a few years ago that felt like a perfect … Continue reading Transformations With Life #11 – A Single Thought

Transformations With Life #10 – Reimagined Office Garden

Above is the original bowl. It was sitting uncomfortably in a display case among others in my ceramic series called Paper Bowls. About a week ago my lovely wife came home with some plants from her office that had been damaged by the cleaning lady and she asked me to replant them into some dull … Continue reading Transformations With Life #10 – Reimagined Office Garden

Transformations With Life #7 – The Barber’s Story

One of only a few remaining of my long face vessels, this one was originally meant to be a prototype for s beer stein. At that time, I had yet discovered the versatility of porcelain, so this earthenware is thick and weighty. Still, it fits nicely in the hand and could have been used as … Continue reading Transformations With Life #7 – The Barber’s Story

Transformations With Life #6 – Summer Flowers

Please take note that there are two different pots shown here. I planted a flower from my garden that returns every year. I've always known them as snapdragons. The become a bright orange-pink and look like a cross between a crocus and bird of paradise. The goblets they are now living in were from a … Continue reading Transformations With Life #6 – Summer Flowers