Last week we talked about observation.
This week’s writing challenge: take one of those “invisible” objects and describe it from the point of view of someone for whom it would not have been invisible.
My eyes scanned the drying racks, seeking the piece I wanted. Someone had moved it to the back. Reaching between a pair of porcelain plates, I wrapped my hands around the smooth, narrow neck, just large enough to have heft without losing its sinuous lines.
I laid the unfinished vase on the table and admired the speckles in the clay. No opaque glazes this time. I selected a translucent royal blue and dipped the piece in upside down to coat the sides. After a quick swirl to coat the interior, I returned the vase to the racks. Hand thrown, with a narrow neck above a base that mimicked the contours of a woman’s hips, it had both solidity and grace. One of my best, I thought with a smile. It’s sure to be noticed anywhere.
(The object is a vase that sits in my office. I put flowers in it every week, but I rarely notice the vase itself, even though it belonged to my father and he loved it dearly. I won’t be overlooking it anymore.)
What was your object? How do you see it differently now?