CLAY VESSELS AS METAPHORS
My goal with the Vessel Series is to connect our spirituality and our humanity. My Vessels are the elements that relate humankind to the Great Creator.
The theme Vessels was inspired by a color study. The goal was to build a body of work using a specific color palette and to use no other colors within the composition. The Vessels were inspired by a monochromatic color story: brown, tan and ocher.
The research begins. Brown is a composite color. Tan is a pale tone of brown. Ocher is any class of natural earths, with mixtures of pigment containing hydrated iron oxide, with various earthy materials, ranging in colors from rich shades and tones of yellow and green, golden earthy hues, terracotta to burnt orange, and bright to deep reds, and earthy dark brown; all which can be used as pigments in paints.
In my head I could see pottery...vessels of clay. In my sketchbook I began to draw the images of clay jars, earthenware, pottery, vases, urns and vessels of all shapes, sizes and colors. I then began to research the origin and history of pottery; drawing motifs of pottery creating Still Life compositions.
"Clay Treasures," was the first liturgical art quilt of the series. I equate the clay pottery with our mortal flesh; of being temporal, worldly, fragile, broken, each one different from the other, but the same revealing the Hand of the Potter. The Vessels purpose and use were to store and stockpile, in the same way we use canisters today. The Vessels are important, but what is of more value is stored up within. It is the virtuous characteristics, to be an instrument in carrying out our specific service and talents from the gifts stored within us.