So back to the mold, I went to pour up another hand as I can't go back to the clay sculpted hand. That hand was destroyed after the mold making process.
I could say that it wasn't meant to be, since just as I was almost done cleaning another hand to put into the kiln... the thumb popped off. Yes, this can be frustrating and annoying. But I also find it enlightening and glad that I have this opportunity to overcome these trials and tribulations (yes, I really am smiling).
Art does that for me. Art teaches me patience. Art teaches me math (ugh!). Art teaches me how to analysis and think through a problem. I wonder how will our children learn this process through technology. I know the computer will teach them problem solving through a digital reality, but there is something in hands on that can't be beat.
I always think of the worst scenario and move from there. As my children were being taught they could use a calculator in math class, I would say... "Okay, what happens if all the batteries in the world are dead? Then what would you do?"
The same applies here - what will our children do if there were no computers in the world? Art is what will teach us to survive as it teaches us how to think outside the box and it does enrich our lives. Maybe for every 3 hours on a computer, a child should be required to spend one hour studying and learning the Arts... music, dance, sculpting... any art.
Amazing where art takes me and my mind as I am working on saving the hand. Now I am off to put this one in the kiln to see if I have overcome the difficulties. Keep your fingers crossed for me (as I didn't cross these fingers - that is for another doll down the road).