St. George's Episcopal Church located in the affluent neighborhood of Belle Meade Nashville, TN hosts an art exhibition to local and national artists. In this civic practice piece, guests shared a meal served in hand made pottery. The images on the pottery where taken from different places in nature and established in a conversational style pattern- tipping hat to the social nature of the project. The theme for the exhibition was "Communion."
“God made the first pot, and it was man.” - old Spanish saying
Any potter will tell you that to create a good pot one must focus on refining the interior space. Through attention to the interior, the beauty of what is the exterior naturally emerges.
In its finished form, pottery, whether it be white and shiny or brown and speckled, acts as a frame for a substance intrinsically linked to human survival. Research suggests through times of chaos and change in a culture, the awareness and appreciation of handmade pottery enters a revival. A cultural context of handmade pottery in America today is that it frames one of humans most needed resources for a specific class of people whom may afford to display their food in such a desirable way. This responsibility of meaning allows the road of interpretation to turn into many tributaries, sometimes away from the original purpose of the vessel. Just as our world seems most divided from race, to class, to religion, to culture, we may find ourselves unconsciously reaching back to our traditions-in the form of local organic produce, traditional Anglican music, and a revival of the handmade in our everyday lives. These traditions all allow us a reason to physically commune together. To as a community acknowledge, discuss, and at times, through gratitude, admire common values of The Beautiful. The way we choose to engage in this communion, just like the many different uses and meaning of pottery, are as important as the object itself.
Communion is defined in the Oxford English Dictionary as, “the sharing of intimate thoughts and feelings.” In other words, when in communion, we take what is felt and thought inside and bring it to the light- Just like a potter shaping a vessel, we shape our exterior by focusing and working on our interior; all for the function of sharing nourishment together.