This piece was layered on with a thick coating of Albany Slip, a chocolaty colored clay from New York that starts to turn into a glaze at 2400 degrees. It shrinks more than my regular clay as you can see by the separations. This piece cracked slightly under the tension of those shrinking forces. I have healed those cracks using a technique called kinsugi.
This piece perfectly demonstrates how stress can cause damage in our lives but it doesn’t ruin us if we don’t let it. I hope this piece reminds you that you were designed to survive the stress. Our current situation or past stresses don’t define us. It’s more about how we heal from those stressors that makes us who we are.