Thursday, October 7, 2010

The Unbearable Lightness of Being


In the studio yesterday, Marci told me that she was turning her cell phone off more often. She was weary of the drama. She was happy glazing; excited about a new design. This, above all, I have wanted to impart to my teen daughter.

After some early success in the fine art world in my 20’s , I began making pottery. Fine art is so gravely serious. Works of light and joy were, at the time, viewed as useless fluff, and perhaps they still are. I was drawn to the silent thoughtless world of clay where you can be moved to an almost holy place just by how beautiful something is.

Today I ran across this quote. It is from the novel, The Unbearable Lightness of Being.

“she knew that she had become a burden to him: she took things too seriously, turning everything into a tragedy, and failed to grasp the lightness and amusing insignificance of physical love. how she wished she could learn lightness!”

I suddenly wanted to see lightness everywhere, to go outside and capture with my camera the light shining through leaves. To feel that lightness of being is to be transparent, thin of  negativity and judgment, and allow the light of Creation to shine through.

I’m going to do this more often. it feels good.


  1. beautiful thoughts, and ones i ponder as well... so much of what i make is very intentional... but sometimes (more often lately) i am just moved by color or texture -
    georgia o'keeffe said 'i found i could say things with color and shapes that i couldn't say any other way - things i had no words for.'
    so happy for marci... emily has just taken glass blowing lessons - and she is in love... now if i could get her doing it more often...

  2. Just by reading your words,
    I feel the lightness come trough!
    What a spiritual sharing, thank you :)

  3. I have missed you! Back from New Zealand and back into the game, or creating one myself I should say. Your daughter is doing so well I see! Precious she is. :)
    I love the fishies, I had them a long time ago and blipped them and lost them....I may have to borrow them again. I find them rather amusing and relaxing.

  4. beautiful post! I would also like to be light and shining more often too---that is why I make art--so I can be light. I also believe in works of light and joy. Thanks for the reminder!

    (fellow ag team-er)