One of my goals in coming here is to make some work that is inspired by the pottery we've found, things we've seen, and/or experiences we've had. I've been so impressed by some of the large scale vessels that we've excavated, and how they were an everyday part of people's lives. I'm considering re-creating some of these large scale vessels, like the storage jars we talked about in a previous post, but with my own aesthetic and voice. I'm imagining an installation of large storage jars, all in porcelain, sitting as they would in a Canaanite home perhaps. Maybe it would communicate something about taking notice of some of the things we use every day, emphasizing a beauty in our surroundings. I'd like to make the pieces in porcelain because I think it helps the viewer to see the vessel in a new and unexpected context, allowing the subtleties of the form to be observed more carefully. Typically, the jars would have been made out of a red clay, filled with sand and grog, built with thick coils, while porcelain is typically used to make delicate, thin-walled vessels and was not used in this region.
I've been thinking too about more sculptural forms...the plants here are so new to me, and beautiful in a unique way. Recently Jeremy and I were on the top of the tel of Lachish, and I heard a rustling sound. I saw these tall plants with many individual flowers that had dried out, paper-thin, and were swaying in the breeze. It was inspiring to me; I am continually amazed by the beauty and individuality of living things.