What ties all these photos together? The fact that they are each ONE of a kind, and made by hand. And, for one reason or another, there won’t be any more of these beautiful items made anymore. In some cases (the little baking dish and the sauce dish) the artist, the maker, is no longer living. In other cases (the Celtic pin, and the mug) the artist has changed directions and is not making this kind of thing any more. In every case, I think of the maker every time I use these beautiful things. Their spirit lives on in the handmade object into which they put their creative energy.
So - in this world I live in and create (at Bluerock Gallery) I often reflect on the impermanence of all things. Everything has a beginning, middle and end. When an artist moves on, there are no more opportunities for his/her gifts to go out into the world. I don’t order these items from a catalog. The artists are temporary, like I am. Even their work is temporary. Nothing lasts forever, and especially pottery is susceptible to breaking and going back to earth.
Of course I always hope to see more of the things I love - but these are not mass produced items. There is no machine that will continue to make them once the artist has passed on. Our lives are each like a fire dragon that flames through the sky and eventually drops into the sea. We don’t take anything with us, but artists do leave behind many wondrous things for us to enjoy, use, and by which to remember them.