When the going gets tough, I throw. Slap. Roll. Or paint clay. This is not just a way to process feelings, it's my way to really live. With clay in my hands, I connect the earth in my hands to the earth under my feet creating a flow of energy that sustains me. You may not feel the same way about clay and that's fine. Because my way to live is only one way, we all have to find our own way in this world.
The way isn't always easy. Especially lately with so much anger and sadness surrounding me.
Creating is my retreat. I do it, not to hide from the world but to see the world in a clearer light. Wedging clay helps ground my turbulent feelings. Rolling out a slab disperses distressing thoughts and brings a different clarity. I can hear my true voice and feel my real strength through my fingers.
Courage takes many forms.
In my studio, as the music plays, the clay works with me. Together with the earth, I work through the outside pressures bringing me closer not just to my heart but the heart of the earth. I know this may sound far fetched to some. That's ok. I just ask this one question: when you stand before a piece of art work, how do you feel? If you don't feel any kind of connection, it might not just be you, It could be the art. Art that is true, and I'm not talking beauty or technique or media. I'm talking about the energy from which the art was created. I've always felt that true art comes from true hearts.
A true heart is a courageous heart. Listen.
We all have our own truth. Some of us know what that is, others blindly follow others truth. In a world where shouting is heard above whispers, I think it's important to listen. Turn off the TV. Close your computer. Turn down your phone.
Listen in the quiet to the earth, to the rain, to the leaves fall.
Listen to yourself, to your stories, to your own work, to what you know you know.
Listen to your heart.
When you listen and work and create from your own heart, you don't need courage from anywhere else. Your creativity is your courage and your bravery and your value and no one's shouting can ever take that away.