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Centering Wholeness in the Art of Daily Life
NOW we are exhibiting original zen creations...  

"wherever you go, go with ALL your heart...."-Confucius

8.12.2015 Open Circle

posted Aug 13, 2015, 2:50 PM by ippac 1   [ updated Aug 13, 2015, 2:53 PM ]

one day
three circles

7.31.2015 opening

posted Aug 4, 2015, 1:06 PM by ippac 1   [ updated Aug 4, 2015, 3:00 PM ]

the mark does not need words
for one to listen to its song...
the image sings simply in being.

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posted May 19, 2015, 1:25 PM by ippac 1   [ updated May 19, 2015, 6:47 PM ]

emptiness is without form
endings create beginnings
letting go of desires
creates space 
for seeing light within

a new form of zen here now

posted May 11, 2015, 10:30 AM by ippac 1   [ updated May 12, 2015, 10:37 AM ]

Beginning May 18th, and continuing with the movement of the moon, 
we hope to make this site more interactive with your words, thoughts, and images.  
If you are inspired by zen in your creative work, please share here now.  
We gratefully hold space...waiting for you now

1inner egg

posted Mar 18, 2015, 5:51 PM by ippac 1   [ updated Mar 18, 2015, 5:58 PM ]

There is no point in life that we are too old to begin or expand our creative journey.  No point that we are unable to create our lives a new, or  begin to study something we have never attempted.  If we simplify things, our journey either brings us closer to wholeness or pushes us away.  And we can always ask the question, where is this leading me now?  How does this action nurture and sustain my growth?

M.C. Richards ....

posted Mar 5, 2015, 3:15 PM by ippac 1   [ updated Mar 5, 2015, 6:19 PM ]

3.5.2015, 6:05 pm 
Call for Essays 
Honoring M.C. Richards:
Centering Wholeness in the Art of Daily Life

If you have studied with M.C. Richards, knew her personally, or been influenced in your creative expression through one of her talks, poems, or books - then please consider writing a short essay on her influence and how you apply it in your creative practice or daily life.  

We can not pay for essays, but will post every essay we receive here at as they are received.  If there is a large response, then we will do our best to raise money for a book publication of the essays. We hope to give the first 100 published essays a free copy of the book, and for every book sold, contribute a book to a person in need.  We are currently looking into "book re-gifting" possibilities as well.  
Categories for essays can include M.C.'s influence through her poetry, educational philosophy, pottery, agriculture as art, painting, and the Big art of daily life.  

To submitt essays, or for more information, please send email to

3.3.2015, Hina Matsuri

posted Mar 3, 2015, 10:20 AM by ippac 1   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:23 AM ]

3.5.2015 Japanese Celebration Hina Matsuri 
Today in Japan, Hina Matsuri, or Doll Festival is celebrated.  On this day parents celebrate their daughters' happiness, growth, and good health.  The festival has its origin from about 1,000 years ago in the Heian Period (794-1192).  It is a beautiful way to honor our daughters and future generations of humanity as we grow in our being human and solve planetary challenges ...

11:14am silence

posted Feb 25, 2015, 9:25 AM by ippac 1   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:13 AM ]

je suis moi ... now online at

posted Feb 18, 2015, 3:22 AM by ippac 1   [ updated May 11, 2015, 10:26 AM ] thank you for the gift of your presence as this story continues...

failure into flow ...

posted Jan 30, 2015, 11:36 AM by ippac 1   [ updated Feb 18, 2015, 4:14 AM ]

defining moments...
This is the second piece I created, the first piece did not go as I expected and I spent a great deal of time shaping it.  I thought what a waste of time and also thought it was a terrible failure.  Then I realized that during all of the time I spent creating it, somehow my energy was there in the piece. And I was not sure what it was exactly, but there was something about it that I liked, as terrible as is was aesthetically.  When my daughter came home from school, I told her this was not my failure, but my "not yet".  My failure would have been if I stopped with my first attempt, then my second piece would have never happened.  And I could not have created the flow in the second piece, had I not struggled with the first.  Maybe I will come back and post a picture of my first piece for you to see too.

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