031. Memory Lane: Japan, 2005.

I decided that every once in a while I'm going to have a short post like this that showcases an image from my past, and a quote that it makes me think of. 

I'll call them Memory Lane days.

Let's go way back.

In 2005, I did a ceramic internship in Japan. It was located in the Nagano prefecture, in a tiny town called Yugashima. It was one of the most amazing experiences of my life, and one of the most trying. Not a day goes by that I don't remember something about that summer.

My sensei told me "Don't make the clay into what you want. Let the clay show you what it wants to be."

That is still one of the most profound things anyone has told me, and I think about it a lot when I draw and paint these days.