I love playing with clay!
I love the feel of it, the scent of it, the way it gets into your blood and connects you to the earth in a very primal way.
With a degree in archaeology and years of making detailed drawings and field notes of ancient ceramic sherds from around the world, I have great respect for the primordial art of combining water and earth into an object that is tempered by high heat and glazed with colors made from the artful combination of earth’s minerals and oxides.
Playing with clay is a kind of spiritual therapy for me. It “grounds” me in patience and “fires” my core belief that creativity is healing.
When I play with clay, I am vibrantly connected to a long lineage of women who made art from dirt.
I’ve taken classes here and there for 30 years, but I especially love the ones I take now through Pima County Parks and Rec on Tuesday evenings with my friend Marnie and my teacher Brenda.
I’m not good at it…but I love it…and it endlessly teaches me to leave my inner critic at home and go with the spirit of the clay instead of the willfulness of my ego.
I love that there are tools to learn about and skills to build.
I love that each kind of clay has a distinctive personality and must be fired within specific heat boundaries.
I love that clay can become something exquisite
or something whimsical.
I love that when working with clay, I can think of nothing else.
I love making things for my yard and garden
and just because it’s FUN!
Most of all, I LOVE getting dirty!
I love the alchemy of earth, water, & fire.
I love all it teaches me about life.
So, whatever it is for you–paintbrush or needle & thread, art journal or crochet hook, CELEBRATE IT! Let your hands connect you to the delicious, nurturing stew of creativity.
Pour your whole heart and soul into it!
Love and Alchemy,
Kaitie the Mud Lady
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