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What do I want to birth in the world?

soft pastel drawings by Cathy Durso

“The ‘minor’ questions: How shall I make this lid, what kind of a handle shall I pull, how high a foot shall I throw on this pot, how small an opening should this bottle have, how much iron oxide shall I apply to this surface? – all these minor questions are the echoes and small ripples from the deeper questions: What am I doing? What do I know? What do I want to learn? How shall I bring myself into ripeness? Teachers of ourselves, we over and over again ask, ‘How do I want this to look?’ And what we mean is, ‘What do I want to birth in the world? In myself?'” -Mary Caroline Richards

from the book “Centering in Pottery, Poetry, and the Person

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