Wednesday, March 30, 2011

beautiful japan

Japan is rich in many things, and symbolism is one of them. The Cherry blossom is compared to the fleeting cloud , its beauty and swiftness of life. I've been thinking about Japan and all it has given to the world of art and of culture. Not just their brilliant pottery, woodcuts and the haiku poetry but their grace and dignity in the face of this recent disaster.
Since the third century people have gathered under the cherry trees for celebration of life.

I have watched like you have how the earthquake and tsunami has seemed to weave them more tightly together, their stoicism and and sometimes selflessness heart wrenching. Like the workers who stayed behind at Fukushima , risking their lives so others might be safe.
I've made a bluebird perched on a mound of cherry blossom and offer it for sale,

all the proceeds to go to Save the Children for Japan. If anyone is interested, bluebird is five inches tall and six wide. **This little bird is flying away, Thank you so much , Jacki!xx
The bluebird because it brings luck and happiness. He is 90 dollars and that includes shipping.


Also a pottery friend , Maki, has a 1,000 bird project on her blog and is making wonderful bird chopstick rests, all proceeds to help Japan





The goldfish in Japan symbolizes perserverence in adversity, watching them takes the viewer to otherworldly states, as these rabbits will testify to!The temple bell stops.

But the sound keeps coming

out of the flowers


Basho


xx

julie


juliewhitmorepottery.etsy.com

32 comments:

Robin and the Sage said...

such a lovely bird Julie. it is wonderful to see the overwhelming kindness which this blog world shows for Japan. I am thinking of creating something also, when i will receive some tree ornaments with a bird.

susan jenkins said...

Lovely post Julie! I so love the blue bird on the cherry blossoms and also love the cup with the koi and rabbits. love everything.All beautiful.

Love, Susan

sea-blue-sky & abstracts said...

A beautiful post too, Julie. The blossom pics, your lovely bluebird with blossom and a message of hope for the future. x

kathyd said...

lovely blog today . i made a prayer flag to honor japan. i agree they are a wonderful country .
thanks julie

Janet said...

This is a lovely Post. The gntle people of Japan. Such a tragedy! I pray for them! Your things are so heavenly that you make!

Ocean Breezes and Country Sneezes said...

Beautiful photos and pottery. How generous of you to help the children of Japan..

Pauline said...

Beautiful post.

My Farmhouse Kitchen said...

~~~ beautiful

gallerydarrow said...

Beautiful post Julie. Your kindness and caring are always evident. xo Ro

From Beyond My Kitchen Window said...

We've had several Japanese families at school over the years. They are a thoughtful and kind people. God Bless the citizens of Japan and thank you for speaking of Japan so graciously on your blog.

farmlady said...

Oh Julie, what a wonderful thing to do. You post is a reminder that there is still a great need over there.
What is more perfect than a blue bird on a mound of cherry blossoms and the wonderful Basho quote.
Thank you...

lilylovekin said...

Just Lovely!

Mary ,East Coventry said...

Beautiful post- I have always loved Japanese art,literature,and the wonderful appreciation for the natural world. Your creations are just lovely- so very beautiful. Love the Basho haiku- never read that one.
Thank you.
Mary

sharon said...

again, you have captured me in a dream I believe! Your work really touches my soul.

Lori ann said...

i wish i knew a better word than beautiful. julie, this post is one of my all time favorites. you are truly a gem.

thank you for your generous, lovely donation.
xxx

Maggie Ann said...

Oh that sweet goldfish & rabbit pottery. Just so sweet!

Patricia Griffin said...

The bluebird is lovely, as was this post. Artists in the US are reaching out in so many ways to extend generosity to Japan. The need is so great and our efforts seem like just a drop in the bucket, but it will help.

Claire said...

Hey Julie, it's wonderful to share your talent for such a worthy cause.
Beautiful makes as always, love the bluebird and cherry blossom.

Claire :)

Gloria Freshley Art and Design said...

Beautiful, Julie....Every thought and word and image.

Bunty said...

Beautiful as usual Julie - a lovely post. Thanks for leaving me a lovely message too.

Hugs,

Barbara

ParisBreakfasts said...

Thank you for this thoughtful post and the exquisite bluebird!

jen storer said...

So beautiful. What a wonderful gift you have. So much talent and soul. jx

Kathryn Glover said...

Julie. What a beautiful bluebird. May the people in Japan soon find beauty in their lives again. Wonderful for you to donate. Your roses and blossoms make me swoon for spring. Forsythia has not yet appeared but some of the birds have returned. I'm going to attempt making my papier mache teacups this weekend. Always I thank you for your kind words on my blog. until next week..........

dulcy said...

Julie.... your post is such a wonderful example of the power of blogging and bringing people together, not just to show our passions and creativity, but to actually make a difference. Both of your new pieces are so charming! I hope that the bluebird has flown away to a lovely new home.......
xo
dulcy

April said...

I cannot help thinking, when I see the calmness and strength of the Japanese people, how we would not react the same way here. It is disconcerting...but true, I'm afraid. We have a lot to learn from one another. To see the beautiful cherry blossoms, I remember visiting the Japanese Tea Gardens in Golden Gate Park (San Francisco) when I was a little girl... and enjoying a special cup of tea. Thank-you for the memories and for reminding my heart to be thankful and loving and appreciative.

annamaria said...

Such a beautiful bird and such a thoughtful,and kind creative act!I truly have admired the way the Japanese have dealt with all these terrible events. My heart is with them too. Thank you for doing this.x

vicki said...

Julie - this is truly beautiful and such a wonderful and generous gesture on your part. That you are using your special talents to help this poor situation is so commendable. I see that the bird has been purchased - I am so very happy for you. Bravo!

Vicki

Zuzu said...

This is such a lovely, generous post, Julie. Congratulations to Jacki - the little bluebird is wonderful.
Hugs,
Zuzu

Laura said...

i have read this post several times. it is very moving. beautiful. your goodness warms me.

Alicia@ eco friendly homemaking said...

Such a lovely post. Your pictures are just beautiful!!

dulcy said...

Julie.... It's funny that you should mention bluebirds flying over my house. We live at the end of a wooded lane, and sometimes when I'm driving or walking home, it feels as though those Disney singing bluebirds (remember the old cartoons) should be flying about singing with ribbons in their mouths! Thanks for dropping by.
xo
dulcy

Pamela said...

you have been busy! I have missed so much but looking at all you lovely cups reminds me again how much I need a JW cup one of these days!!
miss you!!!
xo

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