I was scheduled to meet the artist Beth Bolgla in my home several months ago. I was in my robe when she arrived. I forgot she was coming. There was no way to run past our front door and change because the top half is glass. I had to greet her in my pajamas.
If Beth had an opinion about this, there was no trace on her face. I realized later that she wasn’t just being polite. The robe was a garment not a category. As we talked on my couch, I became more and more fascinated by her perspective on things. It was so pure. She talked about her eyes weakening in middle age as if it it were a gift, sharing how she could see things from a new perspective. It wasn’t gratitude; it was curiosity.
As I study Beth’s work, I grow more in love with her ceramics. The subtle complexity of each piece, the range of styles in her pottery. I am grateful that she is a part of Catherine’s Table because we have a unique and beautiful new collection, and because she represents how I want to be in the world: a person who is present, curious, and clear-eyed.
I hope you visit her collection of ceramics at Catherine’s Table and read her biography. There wasn’t room to include the long list of shows and exhibits she has participated in, all the museum collections she is part of.
I am so grateful I know Beth. I really enjoy her work, but most of all, I love the memory of our first meeting in my robe. She showed me how rich your life can be when your vision is pure.