art geek challenge accepted!

What do you see?

Working, working...
Working, working…
Working with clay...
Working with clay…
To make wondrous beads!
Making wondrous beads!


“Creativity is an area in which younger people have a tremendous advantage, since they have an endearing habit of always questioning past wisdom and authority.”
– Bill Hewlett

It probably will not surprise you to note that all the perfectly round beads were made by grown ups.  I was in the middle of making one myself, when a 7-year-old asked me why.

“Because beads are round.” I explained.

To which she replied, “Says who?”

It was a good question.

In terms of creativity, I consider children to be the brightest leaders amongst us.  I try to listen to experts when I’m lucky enough to be in their presence so I took another peek at the piece of clay in my hands and– strangely enough– I no longer saw the makings of a round bead.  Instead, I saw the body of an orange stegosaurus!


What do you see?

[Another story in three for:]


      1. Well there you go. I love racecars. I quite like dinosaurs, but since I was a really tiny child I just loved cars. And racecars. I suspect that is not PC, but I don’t give a crap. I love racing cars.


  1. I thought it was a trick question when I read the splash. I looked at it and thought “Clay, Plasticine, moldable stuff to create… anything! The damned category of possibilities is too wide I don’t know what she’s trying to get me to see?”
    If to tone is read wrong ‘anything’ could be read as a realization of some sort. Instead it’s my first conclusion, and therefore I was annoyed that I couldn’t know what *you* meant.

    Turns out, you meant ‘anything’. hahaha
    This is what happens when I try to guess stuff.


  2. When this came up in the reader with “what do you see?” I thought these were oil pastels, so I saw them as part of a sunset in a mural.

    Now that I know they are clay, I see red and orange day or tiger lilies.


    1. I had to look up the flowers because I don’t know anything about plant-life, but .. yay! They’d be perfect for either of those! 🙂 It’d even be cool to see lily-beads for jewelry. 🙂


  3. For a moment, I thought they were those Unifix cubes…now I see some tall vibrant skyscrapers in a city! 🙂


  4. I see a Rarasaur looking at me. Seriously, though, let’s see. Dragon, footprints, crown, sun, hat, ring. Princess’ ideas were Charizard or a flame. Put footprints and a crown together and get crown prints. Haha!


  5. I see little blocks of cake.
    Mmm, cake.
    Obviously packed full of highly detrimental food colourings.
    Mmm, highly detrimental food colourings.
    Yum 🙂


  6. I see a brick cottage with an orange thatched roof, orange shutters and gorgeous orange day lilies out front:). Must be nesting season. I’m going to ask, “Says who?” more often!


  7. Living in the polar vortex zone and believing that I have seen my last Spring, I see food sources as delivered by a Star Trek like (original series- I was born in the fifties) conveyer belt. Today’s meal consists of sweet potato, steak (rare) and, for desert raspberry sorbet… 😉


  8. I LOVE this! Last year was the first time I was able to start thinking outside the box in terms of creativity. It was more fun than I think I’ve ever had – and took me WAY too long. But, we’re all on a journey, so I guess I arrived at just the right time. 🙂

    I adore your beads.


  9. I remember playing with clay when I was little. So fun! I see the inside of a flower (orange) and the petals (red). “Inside of a flower” is a technical term in case you’re wondering 😉


  10. As a crafter, I knew that was clay! I’ve made beads, bracelets, bowls, figurines and ornaments with it. All I thought when I saw it was, “Oh man, that’s the stuff that stains my hands.”


  11. So true about children, I have seen it so many times with my daughter, how she makes the most intriguing and original drawings or objects, while I perfect some idea into something “nice but boring”. And because you ask: I get to think of the slightly brighter red you get when you mix the three pieces…


  12. Am I the only one who noticed that image of the three blocks of clay is flipped..? Is it even relevant..? I don’t know.. I thought it was homemade bubble gum maybe… Can I have the orange one? I LOVE ORANGE!



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