Like the bush that burns unconsumed, the potter
stands in a fire that surrounds her and her rock kiln
where she heats her ceramics. The double mountain
on the left, a symbol of transformation, echoes the
double spouted wedding vase on the ground, a
symbol of union, while a crowned bird flies in with a
gold ring, symbolic of both union and completion.
This image symbolizes transformation to our highest
level, the coming together of the separate parts of
our personality into an integrated higher self. Jungian
psychology calls this experience individuation and like
other profound changes it is difficult, a trial by fire.
Graphite and pastel on paper, 28 x 39 in.