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Sunday Ceramics 9

Hello and Welcome to the ninth edition of Sunday Ceramics.

Sunday Ceramics

This is “Epiphany the Elephant” I have probably  talked about Epiphany here before and so if you know her story, just skip along to the next set of photos.

epiphany the elephant

I teach a mixed class of children and adults that has evolved into Clay Club. At the end of each clay club I generally ask what the children would like to make the in the next session. My most prolific student very seriously told me that she would like to make a desert full of jungle animals.

A few days before clay club I thought I had best try my hand at making a couple of jungle animals so that I could keep up the illusion that I knew a thing or two about clay, and much to my surprise, the elephant turned out rather well. I was even more surprised with how much I enjoyed making it. At the same time as the elephant was drying out, an internet friend of mine, Lauren, who had suffered a devastating personal tragedy that is much commented on in darker corners of the web, opened up her facebook page with a thread, titled “The Elephant in the Room” Her bravery, grace and honesty, humbled and honoured me as I was named a mentor and giver of sage advice in the thread.

In the same week I was visited by another sweet friend, who accidentally broke one of Epiphany’s tusks off as she was drying out. My poor friend Carol, was devastated by the broken tusk and try as I might I could not convince her that the break was unimportant.

Is still unimportant.

As the fact that I had made the elephant was much more important than whether the elephant survived or not. Epiphany the elephant was a catalyst for a rather critical realisation, that I can make things purely for fun, that I do not need to have context, or a point of reference. This was quite a big leap for me to make in my head as sometimes my Aspie brain makes me think along ever narrower straight lines.

As potters we understand the transience of the objects we make, the all or nothing toss of the die as we fire our kilns, the knowledge that disaster is possibly just around the corner and the relief when we finally crack the kilns for a quick peek, that everything has worked as it should.

The breaking of the tusk was a gift and an integral part of the journey that Ephinany and I are on together. Trying to make Carol feel better I dabbed a tiny bit of red underglaze on the break and made some flippant comment about poaching, that made Carol groan again.

Once Epiphany had survived the bisque, the red underglaze on the tusk was like a beacon telling me that more colour was needed. I had been thinking about Lauren quite a bit, so I gave Epiphany rainbow socks and a trunk warmer in her honour and also because I think an elephant in Tasmania would be a bit chilly. I wrote a blog post later that week about Elephants in Rooms and didn’t think much more about anything until a few months later.

When this happened.

Angel of rainbow Jumbos

A ceramic gift from my friend Dawn Oakford, “The Angel of Jumbos in Socks” I do not think I have the words to explain how happy this angel makes me.

Ephinany and Angel

From one small elephant comes so much joy.


I had more photos and things to share but I think that is quite enough words for one morning.

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  • Shawna March 9, 2014, 11:20 am

    What a beautiful story! I love the elephant, by the way! Very colorful, and quite meaningful in soo many different subjects!

    I think I would like to participate in Sunday Ceramics…thought I will have to explore your blog a bit further so I can find out what it’s all about. 🙂


    • frogpondsrock March 9, 2014, 1:00 pm

      Thank you Shawna, I responded to your questions about the link but I will answer again here for posterity 🙂 just type your name or your blog name into the space in the Mr Linky and then add the permalink to your blog post in underneath. I post a new Sunday Ceramics every week and they are numbered so you (and I) know where we are at because sometimes The Link up is the only blog post I write for the week or I might post a lot of articles depending on how my words are flowing.

      • Shawna March 9, 2014, 1:01 pm

        So when I start, should I number mine as Ceramic Sunday 1, or should it be 10, since that’s what the next one is? And yes..I saw that reply as well. 🙂

        • frogpondsrock March 9, 2014, 1:21 pm

          You don’t have to title your post Sunday Ceramics if you don’t want to, the joining in is the important part, so you can title your post anything you want.

          • Shawna March 9, 2014, 1:30 pm

            YAY! All set. I just added my link. Many thanks Kim!!

  • jo March 9, 2014, 11:53 am

    Kim, your little stories lead us into a sort of group hug as we feel warmer for being part of your shared circle. It doesn’t matter if we don’t know the ins and outs. Great story weavers create by thin threads.

  • Elephant's Child March 9, 2014, 12:46 pm

    Just beautiful. Heart-warming. And the magic I choose to believe in.

  • river March 9, 2014, 1:26 pm

    I’m stunned by the beauty you have here today.
    Elephants and Angels….

    My own little (plaster) elephant Ruby, has had a fall and now lies in several pieces.
    I’ll get her back together with some contact glue.

  • Krista Petrauskas March 9, 2014, 2:39 pm

    Delightful as always – simplicity and charm and pleasure in making , and whimsical

  • Annie March 9, 2014, 10:30 pm

    I adore elephants, in any shape, fabric or style. Yours is beautiful and the angel is perfect.

  • Anna March 10, 2014, 9:20 pm

    it took a minute to see the elephant on the angel. Love them both 🙂

  • Georgia March 11, 2014, 10:36 pm

    What a great elephant and story. Ganesha has a broken tusk too, which he used as a pen to write the Mahabharata!

  • Jebaru March 16, 2014, 9:55 am

    I feel utterly inadequate to the task of expressing the joy and sniff-inducing solace this brings. Epiphany and the Angel – just sublime. Thank you and Dawn for something magical. Am about to excitedly show R. Love xx

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