Resolution to be Resilient

feathers The dictionary defines the word resilient as the ability of a substance or object to spring back into shape; elasticity, or the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties; toughness. My yoga practice keeps my body resilient so that I can continue in my love of making pottery. Making pottery keeps my mind resilient through the constant creative process and the medium of clay (before it’s been fired that is!) is resilient by definition. The spark of my creative process has been vibrant this past month. I’ve squeezed every bit of ‘making’ time out of my days at the studio and I’ve produced hundreds of pots in preparation for my annual November sale. Sometimes it feels good to produce work in the frenzy of an approaching deadline. The Summer close has swung the door open for Autumn and I can suddenly feel the inner fire requires stoking.

My palate is begging for hot tea, soup, roasted veggies and warm muffins! (YES a muffin recipe follows!) It’s time to think about replacing summer shorts and tank tops with jeans and hoodies and don’t get me wrong, “ I LOVE THIS TIME OF YEAR!” but it’s important to acknowledge the transition not only in the external surroundings but our internal bodies are also in preparation for what’s coming and we need to honor that so we can sustain and thrive through the cooler seasons. Of course that’s easier said than done, but hell, at least if I know it I can give it my best-shot right?

glazing So what’s so great about Autumn? Everything! The colors, the seasonal veggies, the apple harvests and cider, chilly sweater weather, cozy socks, walks in the woods, I could go on. From a potters perspective the ability to run a kiln and not suffer heat exhaustion is definitely a benefit! The flipside of having had a ton of ‘making’ time in my studio means that I’ve had a ton of work to decorate, glaze and fire. This has never been my favorite part of the pottery making process. Glazing is fraught with constant decisions that can mean the difference between making work I’m proud of and work I feel is mediocre at best. (Yes, I hold high expectations for myself.) I’m finally coming out of a two week glazing streak and my inner creative wheels are churning with new ideas for pots AND surface designs!

I’m not only excited to make new work but I’m also participating in the first event outside my studio that I’ve done in years. A local winery is holding a Harvest Festival this coming weekend and I’ll be debuting some of my latest pots in the craft tent. Feedback is integral for makers and I’m dying to hear and see how people respond to my teapotwork. It’s one thing when you’ve made a batch of muffins that turns out somewhat bland or lacking but it’s another thing when you’ve poured your heart and passion into making work for months! Making pottery is not a choice for me but is more a ‘need’ to create and produce beautiful objects for people to use in their everyday lives that might sprinkle a little ‘joy’ into the sometimes mundane. I’d love to hear what YOU have to say in the comments section below! Give it to me straight!

Lyndsay’s Fall Harvest Vegan Gluten Free Muffins

4 cups oat flour*

1/2 cup almond meal

2 teaspoons baking powder

1/2 teaspoon salt

2 tsp Vietnamese cinnamon

½ tps ground cloves

¼ tsp fresh ground nutmeg

1/2 cup hazelnut meal

1 can pumpkin 15oz

1/4 cup unrefined coconut oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

1/2 cup maple syrup

1 cup apple cider

whisk all dry ingredients. Add wet ingredients and mix well. Heap muffin tins and bake at 350 for 25-30min.