Dedicated to the alchemy of life.
The Flowering Heart Project is a grassroots movement dedicated to ‘gifting love’ via small, red, heart-shaped clay sculptures made with love for sharing among the people of the Earth.
THE VISION: To see Flowering Hearts blossom all over the world, representing the opportunity to transform each and every moment to love.
The Earth itself is the source; repository of all potential, human or otherwise. Transform solid clay into sculptural beauty – and in the process transform yourself. Immerse your hands in the healing clays of Mother Earth, exploring your creative heart through the elements of Earth, Water, Fire and Air. Ursula Dutkiewicz is a skilled facilitator of organic creativity. Be the creator and the created. Be guided through your own unique expression to create your flowering heart.
In 2010, Melbourne ceramic artist Ursula Dutkiewicz spent a weekend with a small group of people in retreat. She had been through a long period of darkness, following the deaths of family members and friends. It was time to lighten up. During the two days of the retreat, she participated in a range of exercises designed to open the heart. When she returned to her studio, she began making red flowering hearts. Later that year, Ursula visited a Tarot reader and gave him a heart. He told her people would ‘gift them on’, a statement that moved Ursula to tears. For the next three months she made the hearts, pouring her own flowering heart into the clay. She made hundreds of them, each and every one made with love. Now and then, moved by someone else’s sadness, she would gift them a heart. She was so touched by the transmission of love she shared with the person who received her gift, she began sharing them with strangers. So began a journey devoted to uplifting the spirits of the myriad human beings who crossed her path. And finally, she understood: ‘The more I love life, the more life loves me.’ These heartfelt moments inspired what has now become The Flowering Heart Project.
We have created space on Facebook to share your experiences of creating and gifting your Flowering Hearts through wall posts, via stories and photographs.