I know I repeat myself. I have family members to back me up on that and I freely admit my memory can be weak. Ideas for this blog often build and clarify throughout the week; sometimes Monday morning’s deadline is the trigger for an idea. Writing about what has happened in my life and how it impacts what I create in the studio helps connect me to people I know personally, others I’ve met casually, and those who simply own or are considering a ClayByLaura creation. I believe there is a direct correlation between what I make and who I am.
In the aftermath of the Passover and Easter holidays, I thought about the idea of storytelling as a theme. The topic seemed a bit familiar and when I researched whether I’d already written about this, sure enough just about this time last year I wrote about this exact subject. It makes sense though. Both of these holidays are based on stories and history that are told and retold year after year. It’s what keeps the holidays alive from generation to generation. (Click photo above to see what I wrote last year!)
So what does this have to do with clay? I like to think of it this way. One of the things I like about creating pottery is developing a shape and then repeating it. Sometimes patterns or finishing details evolve over time, but the kernel of the idea remains the same. I also like to think that once my creations are purchased, they are used over and over on a daily or special occasion basis so they become part of the ritual and story for that family.
If you celebrate either of these springtime holidays, I hope you enjoyed the time with your family over a traditional meal and good conversation to create repeatable memories for years to come. I’d love to know your favorite recipe for either of these holidays; click the photo above to tell me about it and I'll send you the recipe for the matzo brittle pictured above!