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Beauty Report: Quiet

Beauty Report: Quiet

Most of the time I work alone in studio, though rarely am I alone in the space. Today I am here by myself. Jon and Joe of Anzfer Farms, whom I share space with, are installing a huge project at the Berkeley Art Museum–one that has been in the planning for over a year and includes many people (check out The Possible ).

Hours have passed today and I realize that I have kept the music off. I find myself doing this when I know there is no one else here making shop noise and chatter. Just like when the sun comes out after a grey spell and I want to soak it up and bask in its warmth, today I am basking in the quiet. It is by no means silent. It is quite alive. I listen to my own breath, the sound of my saw cutting through metal, or a file smoothing and edge, a car driving by…but my mind and body vibrations slow and calm down. I have clarity and lots of fun making my work. Time passes fast. It is one of the best kinds of days there are. I feel like I am doing exactly what I should be doing. There is no struggle.

 

In Beauty…

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A Memory

A Memory

This post is about a simple too that does its job so well that that I use in my studio daily. But really it is about so much more. I recently snipped something that I should not have (a chunky piece of white gold) and broke a tip off of my Lindstrom flush cutters (a friend’s dog had long ago chewed on the handle). I ordered a new pair, but in the meanwhile the memory of how I got the first pair came back to me.

In the spring of 2004 I went to Penland School of Crafts and was there for two months as a studio assistant to Marjorie Simon. It was my second time there and it solidified a place in my heart as one of the most incredible places. Incredible for its landscape,  incredible for the knowledge you take in, incredible for the acceptance you find, incredible for the break you get from the typical ins and outs of a weekly routine, incredible for the people you meet.

One of the incredible people that I met there was the Metals Coordinator, Suzanne Pugh and the story continues like this: Shortly after I arrived back to the Berkshires a small package arrived for me. It was from Suzanne and inside the package was a pair of my now favorite, cannot work without flush cutters (before that package arrived I had no clue what I was missing). They were a little thank you gesture from a new friend (and now years later we are fortunate to both live in the Bay Area and continue to be good pals).

This little incident that was unfortunate and inconvenient in the moment made me remember this story. There is Beauty in this story. It makes me happy.
Cheers to Suzanne and Cheers to tools that do a great job!

 

Wordless #5: photos by Alexey Kljatov

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