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  • Bernard Pottery is etched into the bottom of this vase. I don't know who he is or why he chose this antique-looking design. The vase was hidden, tucked into the back of the shelf at the consignment shop amidst all the nondescript pottery. He stood out.

    We were looking for a couple of pots to put plants into, but this little vase begged to come home. He is empty at the moment, but he was filled with daffodils at the start of spring. Today, he waits for something else to strike my fancy. In the meantime, I enjoy his lines and the texture of the rocks and clay against my hand when I move him to dust. I'm thinking perhaps some lilly of the valley or perhaps ivy, something alive against his stoneware body. I smile when I hold him and appreciate his heft, his height, his black shiny interior showing at the lip.

    When I write a story, send it out to a publisher, I lose control of its interpretation. It's my job to be clear enough in my intent with my language and images, my juxtapositions, that its meaning is not lost. It's so clear with a vase. The art is in the lines, the colors, the textures. It's function is clear. It's beauty is personal. I imagine the hand of the artist etching his name into the bottom with the clean lines of a knife point, free-hand. I hope he knows how much his art is appreciated.
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