Wednesday, March 5, 2014
It continues to be cold, I continue my dormancy, waiting for Spring, waiting for warm......
drinking tea, baking bread, making soups, I made a few necklaces, I am bored to tears with this weather.
Our new cup and tray are getting lots of use. Do you do this? When you get a new piece of pottery it becomes the only useable item in the kitchen? We could actually exist with three plates and three cups, but where is the fun in that!?
No one guessed the maker of this tray. Emails and posts were the same as my guesses, Courtney Martin, Michael Hunt, Michael Kline, I had also guessed Shawn Ireland. Nope. It's Melissa Weiss. Don't know her, but I like her work. She has a nice website, much of her work looking quite influenced by Michael Hunt, but I am off that soapbox, so I will just say I like this tray a lot and I am enjoying her fine craftsmanship and her Ozarks clay very much. I'll save my thoughts on how many potters in NC make very similar work of other potters .......... it doesn't seem to really matter.
The tray has held cheese, salad, my teapot, cookies, fruit, toast. What did I put things on before I got it......?
I got my Etsy shop dusted off a bit, need to make a new header and fancy it up some, but that bores me and irritates me, so I will procrastinate until I have absolutely nothing else in my life to do, ha! This is a nice prayer rosary, I like it very much. It's now for sale.
Our monks are in New Jersey, Toms River, building another mandala. Here is Jamphel during Losar, celebrating at the dharma center. He doesn't look 30 in this photo does he? Looks like a small boy, cold and innocent. I miss him a lot..... this photo makes me want to cry.
This photo makes Gerry want to cry. Our neighbors chickens are tormenting him. They come over every day and dig in our yard, shit in our yard. Gerry is not amused. I am, but that's another story. I shot this photo of them digging up our drainage pipe and the roots of our tree so they could roll around in the dirt. I was hoping they would drop some eggs while they were at it. I was laughing at them, Gerry was screaming obscenities. I really need my own chickens, and our neighbors really need to be more considerate...... but look how cute she is with her little head resting there on the root of the tree....haha!!
We wrapped up our marathon bingeing of Breaking Bad and Orange is the New Black before Christmas and now we are bingeing on Weeds and I have found House of Cards. Yeah, yeah, late to the party, I know. I just found Downton Abbey, right in time for the season ender! TV is low on my priority list and I get around to it slowly. But I have to say, Weeds is a fun ride, we are into the fourth season, it's almost pornographic but in a really funny way, like reading trash novels. House of Cards is going to be an obsession, I can tell already.
So that's it around here. I'm tired of being cold, Gerry is off for a couple of days and seeing the light at the end of the ACC basketball season, thank God. Very much over sports fans, sports obsession in general. If we could only get behind art the way we get behind "Our Team", artists could rock some creativity.......
Monday, March 3, 2014
Our Tibetan New Year got off to a happy start yesterday as one of my new prayer rosaries was purchased by a very sweet art supporter I have known for a few years now. I hope the good karma I feel for these rosaries travels with her always! I spent some time this morning getting my Etsy store dusted off, but I will continue to use the paypal buy buttons here on my blog. It's such an easy way to set up purchases.
Wesley also surprised us yesterday with a visit. She called Sunday morning to say that she was sad because she wasn't here to celebrate the Tibetan New Year with us. Never mind that a week ago she didn't even know this existed and I had no real celebration plans anyway....
But she did. She came home and taught me to make the Thukpa, or noodle soup Jamphel and Tashi made with her. Look at this happy girl..... awwwww!
Look Grandma, I'm making homemade noodles just like you used to make, only monks and my daughter taught me how! Wedging, I mean.... kneading dough, haha!
Zhimpo doog!!!! Barbara McKenzie beautiful bowl and the cup Ronan gave me for taking his work to Charlotte, which Gerry has claimed for his own new favorite cup. This is THE BEST soup!
Getting good use out of my new tray from Lark and Key. No one ever guessed the potter......
Even Gerry got in on the noodle making action
Saturday, March 1, 2014
I have been busy working on some necklaces this past week. Since the monks left, there has been such a quiet space in the house. The quiet and the presence of the monks seems to have informed these pieces. I have decided to call them prayer rosaries. For one thing some of the parts have come from actual rosaries I have found in antique stores. They remind me of rosaries and they remind me of the prayer beads the monks wear, so it seems fitting to give them this name.
I have three here on my blog for sale in honor of the Tibetan New Year which starts tomorrow, should you feel inclined to own one. Just click on the tab above that says Buy Now. I have them reasonably priced considering the time I have invested. But the materials are not precious metals or stones, they are things I have made or found in antique shops or collected over the years.
Go take a look, let me know what you think. I love them, but I am ready to part with them. I made one for myself, I can let go.
Friday, February 28, 2014
With a canoe and a camera, AP journalists told story of coal ash spill
Congrats to Gerry for winning Best of the States this month with the Associated Press. This story on the coal ash spill in NC has traveled all over the world and opened dialogue about the safety of our water near coal ash dump sites. He has had so many emails about his photos. Sometimes he does get to shoot something besides a sporting event and make a difference! He was interviewed this week for a story on the
Poynter website: http://www.poynter.org/latest-
news/mediawire/240813/with-a- canoe-and-a-camera-ap- journalists-told-story-of- coal-ash-spill/
There is also a good AP article about the trip here: http://blog.ap.org/tag/ap-exclusive/
Way to go Ger!!!
Thursday, February 27, 2014
When I was at Lark and Key this week I picked up a little gift for myself. I guessed three different potters before Sandy told me who made this. Can you guess who the potter is?
I don't buy pottery because of who the potter is like some folks around here, I buy what I like, what speaks to me. This tray spoke to me. Of course almost everything Lark and Key has in the gallery speaks to me, what a beautiful place.
Guess where? I am getting photos everyday from Jamphel. These monks are seeing more of the United States than some of us who live here! In true mom style, I asked where his coat was. Then last night while Gerry was shooting a basketball game he emailed and said he told Jamphel he needed a coat on! Now we wish we had paid more attention to what they had and maybe gotten him a coat. Those thin robes are not suitable for this weather!
I managed to work upstairs on some jewelry yesterday. It felt good to be creating something. Still too cold for my pottery studio but my little upstairs loom and jewelry space is cozy and warm. Having the monks here seems to have informed my work. I was adding little buddha heads and other things that made the necklaces feel very spiritual in nature.
Perhaps these will be prayer necklaces of some sort, a nod to rosaries and malas.....
Tuesday, February 25, 2014
Is this not the most wonderful photo?! Jamphel emailed us today from Virginia to say it was snowing there and I know he is happy because I couldn't keep him in the house when it snowed here! He sends me emails most days, sometimes with photos, sometimes just a quick hello. How is it that a monk who traveled all the way here from India has become like family to us in such a short time? Life is a wonder......
This is Geshe Jampha. He is on facebook with Wesley every day, throughout the day. She got a note from him yesterday saying that he misses his family (us) and that he hopes and prays every day to see us again soon. It still amazes me how close we all have become, and I do hope we will see them again soon. They will be in Kentucky in May for six weeks, the final leg of their journey before going back to India and we are hoping to go for a last visit with them. This is a kind and gentle man, he developed a huge crush on Gerry's camera, haha! Gerry let him take some pictures with it and I think he would really like to have a camera of his own. But mostly I think he would like a family. It's sad in a way, these men have so much to give, they would be such wonderful fathers, husbands, grandfathers, but they have dedicated their lives to another path.....
We all miss them terribly.
I get up every morning now and I practice my Tibetan alphabet. I know it pretty well. Now I just need a teacher to help me move on. My pal Laura took me to a Tibetan store in Cary this past weekend and I met the owner, a very sweet man from Tibet who offered to teach me. I just might take him up on it!
I thought I would move on with my blog and end the monk saga until I got the photo from Jamphel, I thought you might like to see it too. So, this will be a nice ending post, and I will try to move on to another subject!
I went to Charlotte today to pick up a few pieces that had been visiting a gallery for a bit too long and brought them back here. Had an email from a very worthy group asking for an auction donation, and how about that, I just happen to have a couple of pieces to choose from! Karma. Lark and Key has been very good to me, Sandy took me out for a wonderful lunch, and so I will give a little back to someone else. Just as the monks would want it, right?!
Wednesday, February 19, 2014
THE PARADOX OF OUR AGE
more conveniences, but less time;
We have more degrees, but less sense;
more knowledge, but less judgement;
more experts, but more problems;
more medicines, but less healthiness;
We've been all the way to the moon and back,
but have trouble crossing the street to meet
the new neighbor.
We build more computers to hold more
information to produce more copies then ever,
but have less communication;
We have become long on quantity,
but short on quality.
These are times of fast foods
but slow digestion;
Tall men but short character;
Steep profits but shallow relationships.
It's a time when there is much in the window,
but nothing in the room.
The 14th Dalai Lama
(This was on the wall hanging Tashi and Jamphel gave us
no truer words....)