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Tuesday, April 12, 2011

facing the hangman

Oh gosh, Monday was the best in every way, so I don't know where this dream came from (Monday: great pots out of the kiln, 80 degree temps, windows open, biked for the 4th day in a row, got soooo much good work done, made pizza at dinnah)

SO, this dream. Quite clear and real. I dream up a storm every day, very real, totally vivid, usually fun, and I survived this one. I was sentenced to hang with minutes to go. I rehearsed the whole thing over and over in my (dreaming) mind. The walk to the stool, the rope around the neck, the tied hands, everything up to the wrenching fall. OVER AND OVER it went through my mind. I was accused of something unclear, 100 some years ago. Then it was time, my lawyers had a lot of paper to try to avoid the execution, but it did not work, and so they had me on the stool, they had the rope around my neck and....I ran. Nobody was holding the rope yet, hands untied. I was chased by the marshalls but not caught. It is quite a thing to experience, a near brush with death like that. I don't know where the dream came from. (I remember that Clint eastwood movie that begins with him on a horse being hung from a tree...but I have not seen that in years, which makes you think that there might be something to reincarnation and the memories from a past life?)

I am, overall and in every sense, a very fortunate person. I remember reading NIGHT by Elie Wiesel--he was a boy sent to Auschwitz and survived the most terrible things. The book cover drawing, though, as I remember it, was people hung with barbed wire--representative of millions of innocent people executed. There are times you say that the things people do to each other are unimaginably horrible.


(new pottery by Gary Rith---some ideas I am monkeying around with: I like the super-wavy texture in front a lot, but look what my turquoise glaze decided to do! It is is so deep blue-green and speckly, NICE! The baby kiln fires at a lower temp than the big kiln, which apparently changes the look of that glaze entirely (see pickup truck below for turquoise)

10 comments:

Susan in the Boonies said...

Pizza dreams can be scary, Dude.

Love the blue and green speckling. It almost glows. And the wavy pattern!

gz said...

interesting vsariation with temperature. Thickness variation?
I like the mug shape at the back

Busy Bee Suz said...

I think your mind just GOES there all the time Gary! You have a great imagination!

Knight said...

I have intense dreams like this all the time. Some haunt me for years.I once had a dream that a bomb went off in the subway and I can still feel the heat and smell when I think about it. Crazy.

NIGHT is one of my favorite books of all time. I think Elie is one of the most fascinating human beings.
"Man, as long as he lives, is immortal. One minute before his death he shall be immortal. But one minute later, God wins."
Elie Wiesel

Claudia said...

love this green glaze!

George and Maureen Johnson said...

Your dream speaks volumes to me Gary! Why, oh why! It's the damned if you do, and damned if you don't theory.
Love the pottery truly gorgeous! :)

Jill Brown said...

Love that green! :)

jim said...

amigo, that's one helluva dream... sounds a bit kafka-esque. been reading any of that stuff?

Reverend Awesome said...

Did you wake up from your dream tired? Like you had been working so hard all night? Those kind of dreams exhaust me. I wake up feeling drained. Not from lack of sleep, or wanting to stay in bed, just drained.

Pretty pretty colors.

littlewrenpottery.co.uk said...

Love that green glaze its so pretty. Also I often have quite vivid dreams myself, I used to have reoccurring dreams. Now they're weird when the same thing keeps happening!

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