Hanukkah is over and Christmas is right around the corner. We are very busy here at the studio. We are dipping pieces into the clear glaze vat everyday. One or more of the kilns get loaded daily and every other day we are unloading and matching up customer tickets with finished product and filling up our pickup shelves. It is so easy to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the studio that sometimes we lose sight of the events that are going on all around us. I am sure this is true for many of us this time of year.
When tragedy struck in Newtown we left our own little bubble and mourned with the rest of the world about the horror that occurred there. Everything stopped ! Life threw us into sadness. It was unimaginable that something so heinous happened to not only 1 but 26 people who were just going about their daily lives. Their own hustle and bustle. Their own holiday traditions. Making their own festive memories. We all need to stop and think about what we can do to deter this from ever happening again. I am not sure of what the answer is but I do know that we are all in this together and need to be proactive in stopping hatred by being more aware of what part that we can play in the crusade against violent and malicious acts.
The studio is full of holiday gift creating and joyous memories being made with families and friends and when in the event a piece of pottery is dropped and breaks we need to put it into perspective. A piece of ceramic can be replaced, those 20 children’s lives and the 6 adults lives cannot. Enjoy your holiday, hold your family close and let’s work together to make a better world for our children.