Ambition, Distraction, Uglification and Derision…

“The Mock Turtle went on. “We had the best of educations . . . Reeling and Writhing, of course, to begin with, and then the different branches of Arithmetic—Ambition, Distraction, Uglification, and Derision.”

“I never heard of Uglification,” Alice ventured to say. “What is it?”

The Gryphon lifted up both its paws in surprise. “Never heard of uglifying!” it exclaimed. “You know what to beautify is, I suppose?”

“Yes,” said Alice, doubtfully: it means—to—make—anything—prettier.”

“Well, then,” the Gryphon went on, “if you don’t know what to uglify is, you are a simpleton.”

– Alice in Wonderland

Lewis Carroll


Let’s start with ambition, shall we?

Yesterday,if you remember,  I went down into the studio to work on florals. I was enamored by a photograph of Helleborus, and was inspired by it…. beautiful picture…. high ambition!

I got down there, turned on the lights, set the kiln, cleared the bench and there…… there was the little stash of stuff I just got from Michael’s. You know about Stuff, right?

Well anyway, I was looking at the really cool scrapbooking embellishments from a wonderful line called The Handmake Collection by K&Company, and I thought how some of them would make wonderful murrini.


Oh oh….. Distraction.

So off I go…. new path…. and all was well.

I chose one of the flower thingies and built a murrini. And I even liked it!!

But then I used it….

Uglification.

Which then caused….

(I do have to admit to liking the effect of the stripes in the murrini on the right.)

I’m going to try another one today. And we’ll see how it goes. 🙂



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