I think we all have defining moments as we go through life. We hear something that touches us so deeply that we never forget that mark on our journey.

One of those moments for me happened at about 16 years old when I we did the poem, ‘Ode on a Grecian Urn’ by John Keats in English class. I was gripped by the dramatic scene of two young lovers forever etched on the urn, so close, yet they are forever distant, and not able to touch.

Fair youth, beneath the trees, thou canst not leave

       Thy song, nor ever can those trees be bare;

               Bold Lover, never, never canst thou kiss,

Though winning near the goal yet, do not grieve;

       She cannot fade, though thou hast not thy bliss,

               For ever wilt thou love, and she be fair!

This picture, and the importance of how we decide to make our mark on this world, has stayed with me forever. Only now, I see more that I myself am like this clay vessel. The intentions with which I live my life leaves its mark, not only on others around me and the environment, but also on myself. The seemingly imperfect, the cracks, and the paint that have faded over the years, paint a picture that leaves an impression that in return encourages those around us on their journey.

Join me on 13 August at 2pm for Clay + Connect at the Willagee Community Centre, to discover new things about yourself, learn how to make your own mug, and put your mark on it. We have teamed up with guest artist Ronel Koen (Swalo Ceramics) an experienced ceramist to bring you this hand-building experience in a fun and relaxed environment. Build some memorable and meaningful ceramics and new connections.Click here to book your ticket.