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2009-02-15

 

The Gift

On February 8,  I received this email message:

Aloha, Amma Vicki!

Your new works are an inspiration. They inspire me to make bold. We frequently serve a simple green tea to special visitors here in the press building, as you know from experience. But we have nothing decent for the gesture. What if we had a simple tea pot and four or five cups from your hand? I would feel so proud to bring them out. And they would carry your amazing gifts of design and finish. Something tropical? Or Asian? Or fusion? Am I too bold?

Om shanti, Palaniswami

By way of explanation, my youngest son is a Hindu monk living on a monastery on the island of Kauai for the past 11 years.  Paramacharya Palaniswami is my direct contact there.  He is one of the most twinkly people I know.

I accepted this request and have thus far begun 4 teapots.  My hope is that when they are all completed, I can choose the best teapot and bring it with me when I travel there on March 3.  I am working fast and I hope I am working smart.

You may wonder at the title of this post.  This is a gift for me as well as my gift to the monks.  There are times when the skill and love I put into what I do are just a titch (technical term) more precious than other times.  This is one of those times and I am grateful.

I began with the parts of 2 teapots and 2 sample teacups. 

Trial #1 cup, teapot body, and three lids

   Trial #2  cup, teapot body, and three lids

I then continued with 2 more teapots. Teapots 2, 3 & 4 will have woven reed and willow handles.  Teapot 1 will have a thrown clay handle.

Teapots 3 and 4 with spouts and handle lugs

To be continued….

 
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