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What do I want to birth in the world?

“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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Just DO

Sol LeWitt letter to Eva Hesse

“Just stop thinking, worrying, looking over your shoulder, wondering, doubting, fearing, hurting, hoping for some easy way out… Stop it and just DO” -Sol LeWitt in a letter to Eva Hesse

image from Gwarlingo

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Exhalations of narwhals

Exhalations of narwhals - Cathy Durso

“Late one quiet November night in the village of Niaqornat, 300 miles above the Arctic Circle on Greenland’s west coast, the sled dogs began to howl. No one knew for sure, but some of the villagers suspected the dogs had heard the exhalations of narwhals.”

from the article “How Melting Ice Changes One Country’s Way of Life” by Tim Folger, published November 2015 in National Geographic

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To be an artist

To be an artist

“Genius is easy. Genius means that everybody isn’t an artist. Freedom means that everybody is an artist. I believe in freedom. I don’t believe in genius. I don’t think that artists are special people. I think they’re normal people who have managed to harness somehow what is important for everybody. I don’t think they’re born special. I think it’s a language thing. It just suits some people. They can say more that way.” -Damien Hirst

from the book “On the Way to Work”

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When Neptune caused chaos

When Neptune caused chaos

“It is thought that the giant planets did not form where they are now – instead their orbits drifted for hundreds of million of years. Eventually, the two giants of the Solar System, Jupiter and Saturn, fell into a resonant order – where Jupiter was orbiting exactly twice in the time it took Saturn to complete one lap of the Sun.

This resonance had such a powerful gravitational surge that it distorted the orbits of all the outer planets.

It’s believed that Neptune was catapulted from its orbit into the heart of the Kuiper Belt, the ring of icy comets surrounding the Solar System, where it caused chaos.

For a hundred million years, a rain of comets was fired from the Kuiper Belt into the inner Solar System. It was called the Late Heavy Bombardment.”

from the article “Saturn’s beauty and power,” published March 2010 on BBC News

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Trust the process

Trust the process

“I am not an illustrator of ideas. I am the idea.” -Jack Whitten

“I don’t really trust ideas, especially good ones. Rather, I put my trust in the materials that confront me, because they put me in touch with the unknown.” -Robert Rauschenberg

“If any of literature’s other elements are stronger than form, such as style, plot, theme, if any of these overtake form, the result suffers.” -Karl Ove Knausgaard

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Curiosity

“The most beautiful experience we can have is the mysterious. It is the fundamental emotion that stands at the cradle of true art and true science. Whoever does not know it and can no longer wonder, no longer marvel, is as good as dead, and his eyes are dimmed.” – Albert Einstein