” . . . building my dream”–José Fuster

Fusterlandia, Jaimanitas, Cuba

José Fuster is a world renown ceramist from Cuba. He claims that much of his inspiration comes from the Sierra Maestra where he taught literacy skills back in the sixties. The mountains, the people, the palm trees, the animals, the ocean beyond—they are his inspiration.

José Fuster's Fusterlandia

What makes some of us pick up the paintbrush to paint that time-honored masterpiece?

Hide not your talents. They for use were made. What’s a sundial in the shade? ~Benjamin Franklin

Fusterlandia, Jaimanitas, Cuba

Or to sail ’round the world alone?

I believe talent is like electricity. We don’t understand electricity. We use it. You can plug into it and light up a lamp, keep a heart pump going, light a cathedral, or you can electrocute a person with it. Electricity will do all that. ~Maya Angelou

Fusterlandia, Jaimanitas, Cuba

Does everyone have talent to whittle, to hammer, to mold, to swim, to paint, to cook, to carve, to sew . . . to create?

Talent develops in tranquillity, character in the full current of human life. ~Goethe

Fusterlandia, Jaimanitas, Cuba

Is talent innate? And what happens to those people who have talent but are not inspired? It would be unfair to say that they have no talents, wouldn’t it? . . . everyone has a talent albeit hidden . . .

I have no particular talent. I am merely inquisitive. ~Albert Einstein

Fusterlandia, Jaimanitas, Cuba

So does inspiration come from within then? Or is it different for everyone? Does it take courage to develop ones talent(s)? Is it achieved through skill or failure? How do you build your dreams? Your thoughts?

A great deal of talent is lost to the world for want of a little courage. Every day sends to their graves obscure men whose timidity prevented them from making a first effort. ~Sydney Smith

Daily Gratitude: fresh venison; the morning spent painting; a quiet day

© Teresita Abad Doebley All rights reserved 2009-2012


7 thoughts on “” . . . building my dream”–José Fuster

  1. I’m just now trying to explore new things. My motto for, well, my whole life, has been to only do things I’m good at. Silly, right? It occurs to me now that you can’t know your talents and strengths unless you try, explore, see, and do something new!
    P.S. What a cool place! It’s like a giant artist’s playground.

  2. Thanks so much for the link. I am so glad I found this post. You sum up in images and wonderful quotations why it is so important to use and honour talent. I had not heard of Jose Fuster but his work is wonderful and I love the Benjamin Franklin quotation.

    Warm regards
    Corinne at soulsnet

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