make it art

reddirtlattes/ August 2, 2020/ #gulfislands, pottery/ 6 comments

I sat down with my new pottery teacher/ mentor with expectation. I wanted each piece to be perfect, a shape in my mind, a clean line here and perfect line there. I sat down wanting it to be a certain way..

..and then as I worked my first piece the clay started to fall.

The clay started to fall and holes were forming and my shape was collapsing underneath my very hands.

I went to scoop the mess off and start again and my teacher gently said,




It’s in the mistakes that art can be made, she told me. It’s not what happened to the clay, but it’s what you do with it now. Anyone can throw, she said, but it’s the art you bring to it that will make it yours. Keep going and work with what you have. Make it art.

How close to life this is. What we do with the holes, the cracks, the parts that fall down is how we shape and mold our own stories.

Making our lives our art.

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  1. Hi Sabrina! Nice to see you posting again.

    Thank you for sharing this story.

    I love this! Yes, life experiences can help mold us.

    And what a blessing to create art as well.

    May you be safe. May you be peaceful. May you be healthy. May you live with ease. God bless ๐Ÿ’•๐Ÿ™

    – Chris

  2. I love this: What we do with the holes, the cracks, the parts that fall down is how we shape and mold our own stories.

  3. Wonderful piece. That is an insight helpful to remember in life.

  4. So true Sabrina…thank you for sharing. Talk about how interesting life is, I read recently that it can take 100,000 years for a photon of light to escape the core of the sun and then 8.5 mins. to reach the earth, think about skin cancer from that perspective. That ancient light along with UVA, and UVB that caused the sun burns and mutated DNA in your skin was in a way preordained 100,000 years before you were born…when saber tooth cats and giant sloths roamed the planet. Ah universe you are interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Sabrina, you are a creative creator. When I first glanced at the piece, I said “Oh no, that is a common shape used by pottery makers. Sabrina is one of the most sensitive and creative persons I know. She is better than that. Then I looked more carefully again. And you did not disappoint.

    No two curves have the same symmetry. Yet at a glance it looks symmetrical. As you study the piece, there is symmetry in its asymmetry, if that is possible. Each of the three curves takes a shape that is an answer to the curve or curves opposite it. It is my opinion that those curves represent a creative expression of your intent, whatever that is. A good piece of art always makes you wonder. What is the artist trying to express? What does it mean?

    To me, it speaks that everything that exists in nature or otherwise is dependent or interdependent on something else. As in life, that should be a commandment in art. I also observed that the top of the curve begins wider than the rest, becomes narrower in the middle, and then becomes something in between at the bottom curve.

    I am going to leave the analysis there because one can overthink a piece of art. You are the only one with the vision. That makes it a unique piece. Your pottery master is quite correct. It is hard for an artist to admit a mistake, and it is easy to chuck it all and do something else. I have done that with my wood sculptures. But mistakes are part of the process of creating art. Your vision might even change. Above all, it is uniquely your vision. You put your heart and soul into it.
    You know your weaknesses and your strengths.

    For me, I have always tried to do art. I cannot for the love of me draw a realistic scene. A person looks like a visitor from outer space. But I got an idea from my older brother may he rest in peace when in eighth grade he drew an abstract in gold and some other colors on a large canvas; a spectacular abstract. And being my older brother, he would never tell me what it meant. My brain starting dinging. I said that I always doodled in class with geometric shapes, almost never symmetrical. that spoke to me. My doodling in class was now transformed into geometrical intricate designs that I are hanging on my walls. My sculpturing always is a variation of this geometry. Oh yeah, I still draw people as stick figures like the game hangman. As for my boring classes in grammar and high school, the teacher always thought I was paying attention because it looked like I was always writing down notes. In fact, it would sometimes take me a whole month to finish one. School now became more fun. And the rest is history.

  6. love it. excellent insight sabrina!

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