Tuesday, January 10, 2012


Even though I came into 2012 with a plan (for drawing, for finishing up a client's order), I felt like I lacked any sort of momentum to get myself up away from the cozy wood stove and into the chilly studio.  That is, until I found out about how much a friend is suffering with a debilitating, degenerative rheumatoid disease, that it's been going on for 16 years, that she and her husband are in the direst of straits.  So I started working, thinking about Angela and Devin as I worked, and this is what I came up with:

and also this: 
As many of you know, my husband was laid off and under-employed for almost 2 years.  I'm blessed, fortunate, lucky that we came out of that period with our savings largely intact, with out home, our health, our marriage.  We lived on hope and faith and scratching around to make do.  I know that lots of people aren't so lucky.  And it just hurts my heart that my friends are in such a bad bad spot.  I didn't think that I could do much for them- I'm so far away, and what really could I do?  Well, this: I'm dedicating half of the sales of this work, featuring the first line Emily Dickinson's poem, to help support Angela and Devin.  I hope to have the first batch of these pieces out by the end of next week.  They'll be for sale here (email me and I'll send you a paypal invoice), through Facebook (same deal, let me know and I'll send you a paypal), and my etsy shop.  The trays are roughly 6" long by 5" wide and are $32.  The tumblers are 4" tall and are $34.   Shipping is a flat $4.

I know this poem means a lot to so many people.  It meant a lot to me as we wandered through the darkness.

Thanks for reading, and thanks for helping me to help my friend.


Mama Urchin said...

I can't wait to see these finished.

angesdavis said...

Oh, Melissa McGuire Bridgman, we are so overwhelmed by your incredible generosity and love for us. Devin and I do not know how to thank you, except to say, on behalf of all poetry/literature/pottery nerds, your work is simply exquisite and your heart is even more beautiful. We thank everyone who participates in MMB's offer and, in turn, supports fine pottery and us in a time of great sickness and strife. I look forward to the completion and publication of my novel and the donation of its sales to help others and to support each other. Art pays it forward and in all directions! MMB, you have me in happy tears for the third time in less than a week. Bless you, my talented, wise, and compassionate friend. You are a merciful inspiration. Thank you for the gift of unconditional friendship. Everyone needs this gift! You are a beacon of hope for us. All our love and infinite gratitude, Ang & Devin xoxoxo

Anonymous said...

What a tremendously gracious idea! I am a friend of Angela's and will be contacting you about purchasing in the coming week. Thank you for your kindness to Angela & Devin - like you; I too am looking for ways to support them from afar!

littlewrenpottery.co.uk said...

Beautiful work, I really love the carved feathers :)