Friday, September 13, 2013

Permanence

In the last twenty years I have been slowly acquiring ceramic pieces; an accidental collection which seemed to grow of its own accord. The elegant Paul Epple raku jars flank a pair of cartoonish Listvinahúsið Viking candle holders, while beneath a flat Joan Mooney porcelain dish is paired with a family heirloom mixing bowl (circa 1920, maker unknown):



More Mooney porcelain. Beautiful and functional, these get used:



This window wall greets me as I arise every day:


A theme-less collection, I display what I enjoy, nothing here has any real monetary value.

Ceramics are one of the foundations of modern civilization, enabling humans to keep food and liquids safe from vermin and were also used as a text recording device! Of all the things I’ve posted about this week (books, photos, digital media) only these humble pots have a good chance of lasting into the next century and they are certainly the only things which could last into the next millennium. They might even survive a meteor strike (if it wasn’t a direct hit!)

By Professor Batty



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