As I began to reflect on everything that I have learned over the last few months I wanted to share one final thought with you all. As I was able to follow Dr. Lisa Schirch through her process of creating pottery for her Pax Bellissima show, there was one small event, if you can call it that, that I think holds much significance. I’d like for you to look at this image:
Here is the story behind this image from the words of Dr. Lisa Schirch:
“The piece from Afghanistan was sitting perfectly on the shelf and someone came in when I was not there and took it off the shelf, picking it up by the rim and part of the rim had chipped away. And I came back the next day and saw that this had happened and it was so symbolic to me. I had already carved Afghanistan in the bottom of the pot. You have to carve it in when the clay is still wet. But the idea that some one form the outside had come in and picked up this country, what I had been mourning, and broke it further, was really symbolic to what is happening in Afghanistan, a country with a lot of its own problems but certainly foreigners and outsiders have come in and made the problem worse.”
Even though this pot is cracked, it is still beautiful. I think this is the same way that Dan Terry saw Afghanistan. I feel that from all the stories that I’ve read or heard about him, I have no doubts that he truly loved this culture and all the people that he came into contact with.
Please share with us any stories or thoughts that you have.