• Upcomimg Trips

    October 14 to 21 Cruise - Bermuda
  • theatre and Concerrts

    June 13 Picnicked on The Great lawn in central Park to the music of The New York Philharmonic led by James Gaffigan. Great program with spectacular fireworks after the concert. The concert included two pieces composed by students from its education program — remarkable works (Bernstein style) from composers  11 and 12 years old respectively! They took their bows from the stage!

    June 20 The forecast rain didn’t happen so, having lined up for senior tickets in the morning, we were able to see an uninterrupted ‘Othello” in Central Park last night. The set and costumes were magnificent and the actors did their best but the direction gave  a somewhat bland production. I personally thought that some players were miscast and this distracted from the illusion.



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The Potter’s hand (detail)

I had been pleased with myself since I fired the clay of my “The Potter’s Hand” piece. Not that the work stood out in any way from that of the other students except that, what advantage they had in artistic sense, I made up for in superior engineering–a legacy of my woodworking days before apartment dwelling. The reference in the title is to Fitzgerald’s translation of Omar Khayyam. Here are the relevant verses:

And, strange to tell, among that Earthen Lot
Some could articulate, while others not :
And suddenly one more impatient cried—
‘ Who is the Potter, pray and who the Pot ?’

Then said another—‘Surely not in vain
“ My substance from the common Earth was ta’en,
‘That He who subtly wrought me into Shape
‘ Should stamp me back to common Earth again.’

None answer’d this ; but after Silence spake
A vessel of a more ungainly Make :
‘ They sneer at me for leaning all awry ;
‘What ! did the Hand then of the Potter shake ?’

Here are three views of the Hand (I used my own as a model) working on the rough clay without evident support:

However. My smugness disappeared the moment I first saw the incredible sculptures of Carl Milles in Sweden. He has engineered gravity-defying works beyond belief. Here is one of them in his sculpture garden in Stockholm: 




One Response

  1. Your work is simply breathtaking, Ben. In my book, you’re just as brilliant as Carl Milles! Much love to you and Ethel, as you prepare for your next adventure. Have a wonderful trip! Bonnie

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