When vessel 92 arrived in our home I felt the perfect place for it was to be on the seat of my antique French prayer chair. Praying in it self is a beautiful act of “giving and receiving” so this has been it ‘s home much of the time. As I sit in the chair holding the vessel I wonder who else had knelt on the seat of this chair sharing their souls with God, their needs, desires, regrets. Asking for wisdom or forgiveness, or a heart to be changed, to be willing to be a “human vessel” that God can use. The chair and my vessel meld together, I will be sad to separate them. I have received this beautiful vessel that feels so alive in my hands and very soon it is time to give it another life.
My daughter Anna and I were the fist recipients of vessel 92. My daughter had it for a little while in Tacoma, Wa and then it lived we me in Grosse Pointe, Mi.I then passed it on to Marty (who is a college friend of my husband Bruce and myself). I so love Marty’s pottery and could not think of anyone better suited to receive this gift, a teacher, farmer and artist,lifestyles that are the embodiment of giving and receiving . Unfortunately I am not a great communicator but when you have some time peruse past entries of other vessels,they well help you grasp the scope of this project and the personal ways it is touching others. I hope you enjoy your journey, share it, have experiences with it. Safe travel to Alabama.
Today I received a special gift, Vessel #92, from my good friend and pottery mentor, Martin Price. I just opened the box and unwrapped the bowl and placed it amongst some of my favorite pieces of pottery–some of my own work as well as pieces made by Marty and a former pottery instructor and well-known Colorado potter, Mark Wong. So, Vessel #92 is in good company. I have not yet become familiar with this gift but find Lynda Lowe’s project intriguing. I can’t help but wonder where else it has been since there are few notations. It will spend some time with me in Colorado before moving to Huntsville, AL, and will then be re-gifted or returned to Lynda.
Vessel #92 has safely made it’s passage from Colorado to our new home in Huntsville, Alabama, and once again it is in good company surrounded by many of my favorite pieces of pottery. I held each fragile piece as I unpacked them and savored my thoughts of those who had created them–including my own. It has been my practice to occasionally replace my own pieces with my newer creations and have to admit it is sometimes difficult for me to part with them because they have become my favorites. However, the concept of the Patra Passage has opened my eyes and heart to the warm, fuzzy feelings associated with gifting–now recognizing the joy for both the giver and receiver. Soon I will have all of the boxes unpacked and be able to get better acquainted with my gift created by Lynda Lowe, and before I know it, it will be time to re-gift it. Meanwhile, I will contemplate who the next receiver shall be.
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