I made a thing, or two this weekend. Thanks to the amazing leadership and guidance of Alice Shields from the @clayshedbristol – I cannot stop thinking about her way of teaching and guiding us: professional, steady, so well informed but also trusting, stepping in exactly when we needed it. The work is the result of our and HER attention. Learned a lot from her way of teaching and working. So kind too. As for the pottery process: such a wonderful metaphor for trauma work: stabilise, be mindful, ground and steady yourself but be confident, center, and only then, when ready, help the client build steady walls and rebuild their new experience of the world. Results are not always perfect but steady enough to keep us going, maybe even nurture.

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