Saturday, July 24, 2010

Images and Words: week 64 "Shape"

Greetings from Amy!  Joel and I switched weeks because he is out of town, he will be back next week.  This is week 64 and I have chosen for my theme "shape", which you may use as any part of speech that you wish: noun, verb, adjective, adverb.  For my entry I'm using it as a verb.

I took this photo of my son, Alan, about a year ago when I was teaching him how to throw clay on the potter's wheel.  It's with both great pride and chagrin that I say he's a much more naturally talented potter than I am.  I paired the photo with this quote from Lao Tzu, given to me by my friend Cheri, as a motivational poster to get my own home pottery studio built.  It's not so much that I need motivation, but I could use some focus.  We've had a very fun but hectic summer so far with our family's new chickens that you saw last week, plus we had to get our swimming pool repaired and a new solar water heater installed--and the solar company keeps sending us the wrong parts!  Ugh.  But with the chickens all settled, the swimming pool all repaired, and the solar water heater installation nearly finished I can finally get down to the business of getting my pottery studio built!  Monday is the day that I will being the process. Wish me luck!

I hope you will enjoy this theme.  Again, you can use the word or concept of "shape" in any way that you wish.

Have fun!


Each week we will post an original photo with words on it. The idea behind this group is to expand our minds through our photography.

Photos must be your own, but the words can be someone else's as long as credit is given after the words.

Your post can either be serious, or if you'd like comical, but never obscene .

Posts can either have one word on them,quotes, or full poems ... Your choice.

All posts are to be done on your own site in a blog form with a link back to it being left here.

New topics will be posted on Sundays.

Posts can be made through Saturday.

One post per person only please.



  1. Love that photo of yours Amy, and that's a great theme!
    You are a very busy girl, best of luck with the new project!

  2. you know what I love about this photo....

    he's creating and we don't know if he's in control or the art itself taking on a new dimension

    I love it

    girl.... do you ever rest?

    I adore your adventurism and love that you've expanded your sons horizons

    anything goes

  3. wonderful amy he is really into it-:)

  4. Oh he's in control! His whole body is in perfect alignment to control the clay, from his legs which are supporting his elbows, to his thumb on his inside hand resting against the wrist of his outside hand so that both hands move in unison.

    Or did you mean it's the art that's changing him?

    Yeah, I've been resting too much lately, it's time for me to get moving again!

  5. Thanks! He was making a mug for his hot chocolate. Here are his first four mugs all finished.

    OK, I helped him quite a bit, but the kid has talent!

  6. art changes us... keeps us evolving

  7. I'm buying.... I bought my last mug from an artist in Manitou Springs

  8. i have been absent for quite a while in this group...i am glad to be is my entry..

  9. Amy, it is so nice to see your son get involved in pottery...wish I could also learn the art...

  10. Great Theme Amy . Nice photo and words too.
    I'll have to sleep a while on this and be back later.

  11. Nice theme, Amy. Great photo and quotation. I love the cups! Beautiful, beautiful glazes! My compliments to your son. He is very talented! ( like his mom )

    Images & words week # 64 ~ Shape

  12. Wow.. how talented boy he is.... love the glazed mugs... the colours and the shapes.. and the photo, of course!
    I will be back with mine..

  13. Challenging theme Amy and a beautifil shot of your son concentrating on shaping clay!

    Here is my contribution:

  14. Good luck with the studio ~smile~ .... simply love that picture ... it speaks volumes even without the quote .... beautiful!

  15. He is quite a talent indeed! Wonderful work!

  16. I too love this photo. Your son is so lost in his work and it shows.

    Best wishes for the upcoming studio!

  17. Fantastic Amy and what talent there is, in your family.
    I tried my hand at pottery too. Loved it and made a big mess lol. Your son has the knack for sure.
    Great theme this week and the photo is perfect.
    Mine is here.
    I&W Week 64 ~ Shape ~

  18. Wow, I got nothing for this...

  19. Awesome shots and topic Amy ... Your son is very talented....... I'll try and post something later this week.... I am still in Baltimore and off to Annapolis later today.... Thanks again !!!!

  20. Wonderful shot, Amy. Your son is so focused on his work, perfect words for it.

    here's mine..

  21. Thank you everyone, for your wonderful comments!

    I'm happy to say that I just turned on our solar water heater and it works! I had to turn it off because the sun won't hit it for two more hours, but at least it works :-). The supports are a little rickity so we still have to do a little more work before we can check it off as "DONE", but it works!

    Gonna start checking out everyone's entries now :-D

  22. WOOOOW he is a real potter. He must come and visit Cappadocia , see my pictures in my album about pottery making if you are interested.

  23. Thanks for the head's up on your album! Very impressive pottery :-)

  24. Lovely entry and theme Amy. I have always wanted to try my hand at pottery. Your son seems to be getting the hang of it quite well. Feeling the shape emerge must be intriguing.

    My entry this week:

  25. Nice shot Amy!! I love watching potters work their magic. Their patience and creativity always blow me away. Good luck in your new venture.

    Here's mine: