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: http://dailypost.wordpress.com/2014/02/21/weekly-photo-challenge-threes/]


      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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