My own house, before I moved in with my boyfriend a year ago, was filled with bits and pieces of handmade pottery that I bought at craft shows, art sales, in little stores etc. Bowls, vases, decorative pieces, basically anything that jumped out at me. Most of it got packed into boxes and never unpacked as my boyfriend would make a screwed up face full of disdain whenever I tried to put anything of mine out in “his” house. The unfairness of it, in my mind, was that shelves and cupboards were full of his ex wife’s stuff, almost as if he’s waiting for her to move back in and exclaim “Oh, you kept all my rubbermaid containers and my 200 coffee mugs that look exactly the same!”. I’m allowed one drawer in the dresser in the bedroom and half of the spare bedroom closet to put my clothes in. I have felt off balance, displaced and not at home since I moved in. When he went on a fishing trip for a few days I took the ugly lamp that was on the side table next to my side of the couch that matched the one on his side, moved it to the basement and replaced it with a Himalayan Salt lamp and some pics of my family. (FYI it is next to impossible to read by the light that a Himalayan Salt lamp throws off but there is absolutely no way that I’m admitting that to him haha). Over the past few weeks I have slowly put away some of the coffee mugs and replaced them with some of my own (he doesn’t even drink coffee), and this past weekend I bought myself the mug in the picture from a local artist. I must have picked up and handled about 10 of her mugs to see how they fit in my hands. This one I fell in love with. It’s large and comfortable and the colours are a mix of beautiful earthy greens and blues. It has little moon designs engraved into it and when I hold it, I can rub my thumb over those designs and feel calm.
I think that I am so drawn to pottery because in my mind it is created lovingly. The time, the patience and love that goes into creating each unique piece – how can that piece not end up absorbing all of that positive energy?