This past weekend, we finally went to the Sawdust Festival. You guys…I LOVED it. The Sawdust Festival takes place every summer in Laguna Beach. It’s known for handmade jewelry, blown glass, pottery and ceramics, photographer, and paintings. A dear friend of mine, Katelin, is about to get married, so we met her there to find some gold rings for her big day.
My favorite part of the day was when we stopped to watch a glass blower work. He was making a blown-glass fish, and explaining the process as he went. I had seen fish like the one he was making in his booth that we walked by earlier and wasn’t a fan – they are beautiful but just not my style. However, as I watched this fish being made, I changed my mind. I saw how much incredible skill and talent went into it, how many layers of colors and glass, and how many times the fish went into the fire and back out again to be shaped, only to be put back in the fire and shaped all over again. By the time he had a finished fish, it held a new beauty for me and I had a whole new respect. It didn’t matter anymore that a blown glass fish wasn’t “my style.” I couldn’t help but think about how if we knew more about each person – how many times they’d been thrown in the fire and reshaped – we would just have to love them, no matter if they weren’t our “type” of person.
Who knew there were such life lessons to be found at the Sawdust Festival? 😉 Really though, that’s one reason I love art, it really can teach us things.
If you are near Laguna Beach before the Sawdust Festival ends on August 30th, go!! It’s open every day, 10am-10pm, and tickets are $8.50 each for adults.