I began studying art and spirituality in the same year, about fifteen years ago. I'd been decorating cakes for several years when both my kids were diagnosed with depression. They simply stopped functioning, one right after the other. I stopped everything and gave my chikdren 100% of my attention.. It wasn't long before I went down that very same rabbit hole. A beloved client suggested I go back to college and study art while the kids were in school (when they were able to go), and another recommended a spiritual bookstore. That's when the healing began.
I took a couple of classes and, when an instructor asked if I'd considered ceramics. I did and I fell in love with clay. I audited the ceramics program for eight years. [the first photo is a tile family portrait that sprang from those years] Along the same lines, I took a couple of spiritual courses at the book store and was invited to join a four year class with two inter faith ministers. After the four years were up, I went on to study under another inter faith minister for two more years and teaching was a natural and exciting progression. I loved sharing my art studio with fellow spiritual students and was soon asked to hold art classes.
We are so much like the clay - fresh from the earth we are easily molded. Along the path we try to force ourselves socially acceptable shapes. As a result, we become overworked and increasingly fragile. It can take a single harsh thought to create cracks and weaknesses that will lead to eventual collapse. By simply opening our minds and hearts to our true nature we can become refreshed and whole.
For several years I made colorful, organic clay boxes that expressed my spiritual nature and my sense of humor. Most recently I've had my hand in many art media, learning and growing. I now play the part of the Creative Play Muse for Cool2Craft Live on web TV where I challenge the viewers with a creative theme each month that they can interpret and share on our blog. It's an amazingly fun and nurturing atmosphere and I so enjoy being part of it!
For nearly fifteen years I've combined spirituality and art to teach folks who are just beginning their spiritual journey how to create with intention.
Link to Cool2Craft Live
Link to the Creative Play blog on the Hive
Link to my Spirit Clay Blog