Today was my first day back in the studio since April 28th. It was heavenly: being able to work with clay, sitting around the table with friends, and seeing what they’ve been working on. Jumping right in, I made three chanterelle mushrooms from white clay, I checked on another project, and then I was tired out. We had a nice lunch, then I came home and took a long rest. It is the first time I’d gone somewhere and done something since my surgery. I mean I’ve been to the library and out with friends for coffee and meals and such, but this was the first time I physically exerted myself doing something away from home, well, since April 28th…the night I fell ill. So, it felt good but also winded me. I was able to take a couple of things home, though, which felt good and seemed symbolic. It’s taken a half a year to finish these little puppies and I’d re-glazed them twice…my olive oil lamps. We just put wicks in and lit them…. They are so lovely! I’ll wait till it gets darker, 9:30ish, then will snap photos of them for you. At long last. To me, today, they symbolize hope. They are cheerful. Plus, I made them, which makes it all the nicer. (If you’d like to make your own, click here for instructions.) People have used such lamps for millennia. Olive oil has a nice scent, it burns clean, and produces a large enough flame to read by. The lamps don’t get warm. It’s so nice to have been able to bring them home and light them today!
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