Adrian Saxe at the End of the Day in LA

Adrian Saxe after talking at the Hammer Museum

Good Morning, God!

I’m back after two full days in LA . . . well, back attempting to present before You not requests or praises but encapsulations.

Is that odd, God? It feels as if that is the primary benefit to me in conversing with You — that I should be rounding up the vast complexity of my day and life — not so much for You as for me.

I’m smiling, God. Even in that sentence I reveal myself as an extroverted soul. I have to work at self reflection. It is work even to pull together the events of my day. So, let me begin at the easiest point — hearing a talk by Adrian Saxe.

The photo I took of him as he responded to members of the audience after his talk is blurred but has a marvelous sense of Light and Darkness. Suz had spotted the event at the Hammer Museum and thought we would both enjoy it. Neither of us recognized the name or the artist — Suz thinking he was a sculptor.

Etcetera — another ewer — not teapot by Saxe

What he was, is a Ceramicist — and an influential one at that! In person, and on stage, he was beguiling — enjoying his work and still challenged by it. When he showed what he was doing in the 1960’s Suz observed that he was among the first of the post-modernists. Clearly, his career has consisted of following his own interests and not current fashion.

His insistence on “ewer” not “teapot” as the name for what clearly look like teapots is indicative of his desire to follow his own path.

And that brings me back to the theme for our day, God. The Following of One’s Own Path. That is what Suz is about. And I admire it tremendously, all the while viewing my life as “muddling through” not path forging. And on that interesting observation I shall leave off until tomorrow or the next day. Thank You, God for listening.

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