As some of you may already know, "April" is "Autism" "Awareness" month. Whilst this is a "controversial" "matter" I would like to help people understand that an autism diagnoses does not mean that my ‘real’ children were not stolen nor is it worse than cancer nor death. These perspectives are a great dis-service to people, "parents and children" who struggle with those real tragedies. Autistic people and those with special needs deserve to be treated with the same dignity and respect that we offer everyone else on the planet.
As I am now on "Etsy," I am offering this bowl, shipped for free anywhere in the World, as my small contribution.
It's about six inches across and just over two inches high carved in forest green slip, my son's favourite.
Some people are "autistic," "adults," "young people" and "teens," some are "parents" or "single parents" of "autistic" children, there are lots of boys "as" well as "girls," our neighbours and friends. Although you may not be directly affected I am quite certain that you already know someone who is autistic, even if you don't know it. I would encourage you to add your name to the list either for yourself of someone you know. No matter where we are on the spectrum we all basically want the same thing, a better future for autistic people and those with special needs.
We may never achieve awareness but we may be able to encourage people to think differently.
Sorry it’s not a pi dish but the kiln at the studio is backed up and I cannot predict when they might be ready nor how many will come out in one piece.
There are lots of other giveaways available at "Melanie's" site called