I’m often asked “Why’d you open Pineapple Studios?” I always smile and explain how much I love yoga and pottery, and I chat about how the combination of these two activities brings me so much happiness. While this is certainly true, it isn’t the truth to its entirety.
Pineapple Studios was always my dream. I always imagined a place for yoga and art to merge together. But after the death of someone I can never replace, yoga and pottery became something else… lifesavers. They became therapy. My yoga mat became a place to rest my heavy body. My breath became a mode of transportation away from the heartache. Pottery became an outlet for the words I couldn’t say. I couldn’t shape the right sentences and explanations, but I could shape the clay. But the BIGGEST and TRUEST explanation for “Why’d you open Pineapple Studios?” is simple… because I am still alive.
And it was time to start acting like it.
Grief is paralyzing. It’s heavy and although you learn to carry it, you carry it forever. But the good news is that there are other people on this road- this journey. Some are further along and they can help show you the way. Others are new and you get to be the one to help them navigate. And by doing so, you heal yourself a little in the process.
I find inspiration in the way elephants grieve and mourn together. They wrap and entwine trunks in a way that I find too beautiful for words… so I put it in my pottery. Each cup is indented by my hands so that yours have a place to rest, and in that space I’m supporting you. I’m rooting for you. My bowls are notched on the bottoms so that your hands have a place to hold. I hope you find some comfort there.
As promised, my journal entries are starting to make their appearances. I’ll soon be introducing my first “collection” here at Pineapple Studios: “Good News Still Belongs To You”. You’ll find it on our gallery shelves after Easter Weekend.