Weekly Keep-Our-Sanity Challenge: Joy


For this installment of our weekly Keep-Our-Sanity challenge, we chose the theme of the Joy.  

joy |joi
feeling of great pleasure and happiness: tears of joy | the joy of being alive.
~ Apple Dictionary

He who binds to himself a joy
Does the winged life destroy;
But he who kisses the joy as it flies
Lives in eternity’s sun rise.
By: William Blake

Our Team’s Interpretations

Jennifer Stout Cameron: Color brings me joy. Sunlight streaming through colored glass brings me joy. My bench being organized brings me joy.

Caroline Dewison: I’ve been sort of planning this mountain bowl in my head for ages and it’s the first one, so it’s a bit rough around the edges, but it has all the texture and effects that I wanted… not often that happens in ceramics! Anyway, mountains and landscapes give me joy, I love that the natural world can just take your breath away, it really puts everything in to perspective!

Caroline Dewison: The base is wheel thrown and altered to add the mountains inside. The idea is to create a different view depending on which side you look at it 🙂 Getting proper arty… Ha!

Lesley Watt: I love Cleo’s big feet…

Lesley Watt: My daily joy.

Jennifer Davies Reazor: I’m drawn to liminal spaces, where elements meet… and the beach is always inspiring to me. This weaving is yarn, silk and leather- woven in a cardboard loom.

Jennifer Davies Reazor

Susan Kennedy: Joy

Lesley Watt: Not very creative but all I can manage right now. This has to be just about the most joyous rose I’ve seen and it lifts my spirits whenever I look at it.

Karen Totten: Color brings me Joy. I am at heart a Colorist. No matter the media. In this case, pulling fabric and thead for a project. I have had this sitting on my sewing table for a few weeks. I have no idea what I’ll make with it but I sure do like looking at it.

Karen Totten: This new palette of Alison Glass prints just arrived in my mail box this week. Merely contemplating this array of gorgeous prints brings me great joy. I see a quilted throw in my future!

Cathy Spivey Mendola: I took pics of my boys – they bring me joy! I kept trying to get them to cuddle but Nate was not cooperating too well.

Claire Fabian: Just on my way home from work. The first day this year when there was still some daylight left. And while the sky was grey and it rained and I walked home, there it was: bright yellow against the grey! It made me smile and a little bit happy 🙂

Claire Fabian

Laney Mead: Muddy puddles and woodland walks.


Karen Totten

Karen has worked professionally as an artist and designer for over 30 years in a variety of creative disciplines: architectural design, illustration, art direction, mixed media art, interaction design. She currently works full time as a User Experience (UX) Design Principal for an international consultancy. When not flying to work every week, her other passions are ceramic art, sketching, and occasionally, jewelry design. “For me, the creative life, from UX to fine art, has always been one of exploration and adventure. As the daughter of an air force navigator, I grew up a traveler. To this day I am intrigued by stories and motifs that transcend time, culture, and geography.“
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    Wow, every one of those pictures are beautiful and makes me feel joy too.

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