On the eve of the Patra Passage launch, I am sitting in my studio surrounded with the finished 108 patra vessels about to be sent off to the first wave of participants. During the last year-and-a-half, their making has been a purposeful meditation of gratitude. The many challenges during this time reminded me again and again that I am not just the maker of vessels, I am within the passage as a participant too – the inner and the outer work in collaboration. Always, the bowl serves as a powerful reminder that whatever is bestowed is enough for the day, an offering requiring presence to receive. Maybe that is why there are so many of them in my studio and home. Sometimes I need a lot of reminding!
This project has been emerging in a slow unfolding for over a decade. Whatever its future outcome, I’m excited for the launch and the opportunity to send the bowls on their next passage. So often I have thought of you, the recipients, those known and unknown, and offered well-being through the work of my hands. In this small and humble way, I send goodwill on its pilgrimage.
“Part of the work cannot be made, it must be received: and we cannot have this gift except, perhaps, by supplication, by courting, by creating within ourselves that “begging bowl” to which the gift is drawn… (Then) the gift must stay in motion. It is only when the gift has worked in us, only when we have come up to its level, as it were, that we can give it away again. Passing the gift along is the act of gratitude that finishes the labor. The transformation is not accomplished until we have the power to give the gift on our own terms.” – LEWIS HYDE