Good News Still Belongs To You

by Jess on April 16, 2014 · 6 Comments

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.



6 Responses to “Good News Still Belongs To You”

  • April 16, 2014 at 8:11 pm, Kim "deMemeber Lindsey said:

    Reading this is very therapeutic to me. Wish you were closer – would love to take your yoga classes. Your words are beautiful and poignant. Love and hugs to you my “Fun Shoe” wearing friend.


    • April 16, 2014 at 8:18 pm, admin said:

      Thank you! Love and hugs to you and your family!


  • April 17, 2014 at 1:57 am, Lisa Beth said:

    We wrap trunks, wrap hands around cups and bowls, and walk together. All breaths and studios are sanctuary, all connections to That Which Is Bigger Than Us (love and soul). Yes, we are alive, and that is always enough. Thank you, Jess, for making the world a better place for all of us! Thanks for making room in your dream. xoxo


  • April 17, 2014 at 1:26 pm, Kathy said:

    Why? Because I love you.

    What a wonderful gift you can share with the world……


  • April 17, 2014 at 7:12 pm, Haley said:

    I wonder what magic it would take for you to know the strength we all see in you. Thank you for your rawness.


    • April 17, 2014 at 7:19 pm, admin said:

      Thank you, Haley! That brought a tear to my eye!


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