Welcome to Dori's mostly clay-related ramblings. Questions, comments and verbal abuses to be left behind the door (i.e. below the posts).


Wonderful people, wonderful hands, wonderful words

Hands without words:

Words without hands:

My hands are my pride and joy.
When I was young....
My grandmother would hold them and kiss them as she told me I had hands just like her MaMa's... what a gift she gave me.
I have used them to create, caress,clean,cook and cradle.
Over the years they have aged and show scars,brown spots and wrinkles..would I change them? Never...
I love my hands.

                                Ellen from GatheringSplendor

I am a florist so I get numerous knife nicks in my thumbs. Then the acidity of the flowers turns those nicks black. My nails are permently stained green underneath. 35 coats of nail polish helps. If ladies wearing gloves ever comes back, I'm on that bus.

AnniesVintageRedone from AnniesVintageRedone

*goes off to photograph her scarred, burned, blistered, acid-stained, glass-imbedded, wrinkled, age-spotted, gnarly, hands*

Jane Hartman from trilobiteglassworks

I am a piano teacher - so , long slender "piano hands"right?...... well not so much, God gave me petite little child hands that are showing their wear & tear from painting, sanding,sticking them in the Lake Water for hours, drilling wood ect. I have some really young students who will ask me what I was working on because there is always some remnant of Art on my hands :) They are always interested to see my projects and I LOVE that !

My hands can palm a basketball and calm a child. Knit a sweater, plant a garden. Sew a costume, knead bread. Solder silver, snag silk. Buck hay and trim sheep hooves. All of those things show on my hands, which is part of the reason my lovely daughter is my hand model. Her hands can draw and paint. Two things I wish my hands could do.
ps. Best things I've found for dry hands is shearing sheep. The lanolin soaks right in. Smells pretty bad, but feels good.

Crystal from Crystalsidyll

My hands have held the hands of and raised countless kids.
My hands crochet, paint, manulipate the camera and computer mouse.
I have scars from glue guns, and various tools.
A crooked pointer finger from having been crushed in a window...lucky it still has feeling.
My hands are a weapon, I am a martial artist.
My hands are 50 today.

Kym from MissKym

It's funny. When I met up with an Etsy friend at the taping of the Martha Stewart show she grabbed my hands and told me they were beautiful, I replied that my cuticles are cracked, my fingers are calloused, basically said they were a hot mess. No, she told me, your hands are the hands of an artist and they are beautiful. She said not many are lucky enough to have hands like ours.

Cherish your creative battered hands and cherish your integrity as an artist or craftsperson.

Cindy Steiler from MarysGranddaughter

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  1. Thanks for sharing those beautiful thoughts!

  2. Gorgeous, so heartfelt blog post!! Thank you all for these beautiful touching words!

  3. Lovely post. Thanks.

  4. Thank you to all those who actually said these words :)


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