The last piece of the academic year in progress.
Today I visited the annual NCECA (National Council on Education in the Ceramic Arts) Conference. At Bonnie Kemske’s lecture, Grounded Sensuality: Emotional Ceramics, she passed one of her recent pieces through the audience from her series focusing on tactile intimacy. In this picture I’m holding a “ceramic hug” cast from the contours of an embrace. Lovely.
Flowers wilt, trees rot, people wrinkle; yet throughout this process we strive to progress and present our most perfect selves to the world the way a rose continues to bud after it drops a blossom beyond its prime. This cycle of immaculate beauty and impending decay intrigues me, as it is our mortal reality.