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Make Small, Think Big

 bead (greenware) for "Coral Reef" collection
by micicart

I wish to be honest.
.... Many happenings on Earth these past two months made me start thinking of beads, jewelry and small things we make as something extremely insignificant in comparison to all the priorities in life, and I know I am not the only one to have felt like that, but....
Things are insignificant only if they have no effect on its surroundings. Size doesn't matter much, it is the meaning we give to things that counts.
So.... do you transfer your emotions into your art? Does it send a message? Does it bring joy, peace or any other good (besides money) to you or others? If answer to any of these questions is YES, then your work is not insignificant. If you can make your emotions circulate from you to your piece and back to you creating more emotions, then your work makes a difference and everything else is just a plus.

If March 29 finds us all well, I will be writing about how to create a sculptural piece of jewelry using symmetry and repetition of one simple form (inspired by nature).

Until then I leave you with a link to remarkable work of Peter Hoogeboom.


  1. What a wonderful and thought provoking post Aleksandra. I've had a lot going on this past year with putting both of my parents in assisted living, dealing with siblings, finances etc. Creating with clay always brings me joy, and has been keeping me sane, providing an escape where I can focus on something else for a while. So in that sense it has to have some significance. Surely some of what's happening in and around us comes out in ones work whether we're concious of it or not, but I'll be paying more attention to what's going on there. :) Looking forward to your 3/29 post.

    Thank you for mentioning Peter's website. Really incredible works.

  2. Thank you so much Lisa for sharing your experience and thoughts!

  3. I don't know if I transfer my emotions in my clay deliberately or not, but I do know that if I have been rushed or stressed before sitting down with the clay I am usually relaxed afterward.

    Hmmmm ... now I am wondering if my beads look as stressed out as I feel sometimes! ha ha!

    "Hey check out these new art beads by Natalie -- she felt better after making them, maybe you'll feel better after wearing them."

    I'm joking of course, but it is worth a chuckle or two, yes? :)

  4. Oh you made me chuckle alright :))


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