Updated: Nov 20, 2021
This piece I worked on earlier in the year, was stranded at the clay studio where I made it in Hastings because of the lockdown, but has finally made it home. She is currently sitting on our kitchen window ledge like a deity of sadness.
The acidental drip mark turned tear mark that happened by pure chance in the firing process expresses the sadness of the piece all the more. But it's funny that whenever I look at it, the figure makes me smile. It's a good reminder that it is ok to feel sad sometimes, and to express these feelings rather than repress them is healthy for us.
'We express our sadness, although it may hurt to do so, because each time we express it the sadness, to a greater or lesser extent, diminishes.' Phillipa Perry 'The Book You Wish Your Parents Had Read', p62