bridging the divide between june and july with two and a half weeks of vacation, patricio and i took the greening rain with us to el norte, watching and working with splits and smoothings, returning to find it all back home as well; the votes for a new president have the country in a split--one that may take much longer than another six year term to fix.
if only red wine vinegar would work for politics as it can when working to mend pottery. outside of abiquiu, at the foot of ghost ranch's cathedral-like cliffs, patricio and i sat at our table--aprons on and polishing stones at hand--and asked what to do about cracks in our clay. modeling our works after spanish colonial wares, our first forays into these traditional ceramics were attempts at replicating quarai incense boats. polished with smooth stones as they dried to leather-hard, the straight inner slabs became marked in the night by thin, barely perceptible, yet ominous lines. a cup filled with vinegar changed the fate of those four pieces. letting tiny drops of it fall along the cracks, the clay then foamed and we pushed it into place. the slim fissure was filled, the split disappeared. our hand-worked vessels withstood the firing's heat, because of a bittersweet ingredient and a careful, hopeful pressing in.
the future of mexico through its governing institutions, though out of vinegar's simple, amending reach, will still depend on hope and pressure, and it will be doubtlessly a stinging bittersweet. calderón may win a slim majority of the recent election's votes, but the majority of the nation did not choose him on a ballot. they voted for lópez obrador, or they voted for madrazo, or a small party candidate, or for no one at all. facing this rift, appearing overnight between the second and third of july, my hope is that those with power will use the sometimes acerbic solution in their decision-making for the country. it's half the slogan of the lópez obrador's campaign. it's por el bien de todos, "for the good of everyone."
(in the small part of my world where i have my own measure of power, and for the good of your viewing pleasure, i've patched together fifteen photos of our treasure of a summer vacation. click on the thumbnail, way down in the right hand column. then click on the thumbnails again. monoliths, petroglyphs, and painted dish included).