Monday, March 16, 2009

Pots and Generations

I was in my first year of doing art fairs for a living when I met John and Denise. And now, thirty years later, we all still share the artist's life. Throughout these years we've known each other, John and Denise were also raising some of the most thoughtful, gentle, and creative children that my wife and I have ever had the pleasure of getting to know. Back in that first year it was just twin boys, but in the years that followed, we watched as they added a daughter and another son.

I got an email a few weeks ago. One of the twins, now a man in his thirties, wants to get back into clay and would like to visit my shop and maybe get some insights as to how he could best set up his home studio.

We're now enjoying watching a new generation of thoughtful, gentle, and creative children -- John and Denise's grandkids -- being raised. As we talked clay and glazes, wheels and studios, the kids played with the dogs -- enjoying the first sunny, Spring-like day of the year.

1 comment:

  1. John and Dar,

    You both gifted us with much that we took to heart since leaving your home and studio.

    It amazes me how true I felt the immensity of Dar's love for her friend on the brink of this Coley can find a kindred spirit in a man who'd daily life entails what he wishes his could (living by the work of his hands AND running legs to boot!)...and how our mutual progeny both impresses and disappoints depending on the second; yet they remain our consistent experience of pride and fulfillment.

    Do trust that you will continue to thrive as a couplet first, artists second. And may you receive twice the blessing we received from sharing such a wonderful afternoon and evening with you.

    Be well. Liberty