Let go of your pretensionssqueeze, shape, knead & play your way to spiritual growth.
"I am being formed by the clay. I am reconnecting with the earth, and with the other basic elements, tooair, water, fireand life itself. Every gesture leaves its trail in the clay. Every fingerprint, a message. My breath fills the cavity. My touch curves the wall of a bowl. And inwardly, I am being formed by the outward practice. I am learning to trust the process, to lean into the possibilities rather than striving for some predetermined goal. I am being hollowed out, stretched and constricted, trimmed and sometimes reworked entirely."
from the Prologue
Drawing from her first-hand experience of working with clay, Marjory Zoet Bankson takes you through the seven-step process of making clay into a pot, drawing parallels at each stage to the process of spiritual growth:
- GroundingConnecting with our core elements
- KneadingAwakening to the inner realm CenteringGathering everything together
- ShapingFocusing inner and outer pressures FinishingTrimming away the excess
- DecoratingAdding a playful touch FiringCommitting to transformation
This simple connection with the earth has the potential to put you in touch with the whole of creation and, at the same time, your soul's longing to participate as an artist, creating something new and unique.
Through reflective questions in each chapteralong with a wealth of unique clay projects that even beginners can doBankson invites you on a journey of spiritual discovery, a path of reconnecting with your body and spirit, and with the earth itself.
|Publisher:||Turner Publishing Company|
|Product dimensions:||6.90(w) x 8.90(h) x 0.60(d)|
About the Author
Marjory Zoet Bankson, an artist and spiritual guide, is author of The Soulwork of Clay: A Hands-On Approach to Spirituality and Creative Aging: Rethinking Retirement and Non-Retirement in a Changing World (both SkyLight Paths) and many other books. Former president of Faith At Work (now called Lumunos) and editor of Faith@Work magazine for over twenty years, she now travels nationally to offer retreats and workshops. She currently teaches on spiritual companionship at Washington National Cathedral, the Servant Leadership School, and Virginia Theological Seminary in Washington, D.C.
Peter Bankson has been a popular preacher, regular presider at worship and spiritual guide for Seekers Church since the mid-1980s. Formerly a colonel in the U.S. Army, he is now a member of the Servant Leadership Team and the mission groups that support worship and the ministry of place. He also experiments as a fiber sculptor, combining mathematical equations and sculptural crochet.