Inspired by the Creativity of Children

Last week I went back to the ceramics studio after a break of a couple of months or so. Over the summer the art center runs a large number of classes for children and the place is very busy. I was finding it a bit hard to get started again and then I looked through some of the ceramics that the kids had created over the last few weeks.

I think they have done a fantastic job. One of the best things about the children’s work is that many of them (especially the younger ones) have no real constraints in their minds. They are free to just take an idea or prompt from the teacher and run with it.

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After seeing these great works, I am reinvigorated for the fall ceramic season…!

~Richard

Hidden Meaning?

I am not a great fan of whimsical garden ornaments, gnomes, fairies, bunnies and such like. Often they seem to just clutter up a garden and add nothing to the scenery. However, on a recent trip to Ocean City, NJ we spotted this delightful duo on a property’s side yard which caused us to stop and do a “double take.”

What message is being conveyed here? Should children be wary of alligators (even though there are none in NJ) ? Is this a warning against being too engrossed in reading a book? Or is the rosy-cheeked child calming the beast by reading to it?   It’s certainly an unusual pairing in my experience. Do you have any other suggestions for interpretation?

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~Richard

 

Happy Father’s Day

To all you dads out there, I wish you a “Happy Father’s Day!”

Today is a day for celebrating the paternal role of the usually grumpy old git in the corner (at least that describes me for quite a lot of the time, as I age).

A quick check on wikipedia tells me that, although Father’s Day was first held in 1910 in Spokane, Washington, it wasn’t until 1966 that the third Sunday in June became officially recognized in the US as Father’s Day. I’m guessing this is one of the very few times that celebration and honoring of women actually preceded that of men, in this case by many decades!

Anyhow, it’s with us now and is a time to give a bit of thought to our dads and for those of us who are dads to also reflect on how lucky we are to have children to share our lives with!

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So, cheers fellas and have a good one!

~Richard

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