Below are two reflections on Touch from CMC members within the Advent/Christmas theme "Do you sense what I sense?"
Scriptures: 1 Samuel 2:26, Luke 2 :41-52
Clay: volcanic rock decomposed by reactions with water. Imagine holding these seemingly unrelated materials in your cupped hands… ROCK and WATER... for millennia. Time passes. You’re left with clay: pliable when wet, brittle when dry, strengthened or destroyed by exposure to extreme heat, vulnerable to unseen impurities, impenetrable (kind of), vessel of nourishment, agent of artistry.
This material, when it’s potential was discovered, propelled humanity in a new direction. It’s Biblical references are many and integral to our creation story. Humanity formed from the Heavens (Breath of God) and “dust of the ground”.
But these thoughts, these ideas are for the thinkers: theologians, artists, scientists, philosophers, those cerebral types. Sure, I listen to NPR, I’ll dabble in some heady conversation, but to be honest I’d rather just dig my hands into something. For some of you it may be helpful to know that I, as of this school year, am teaching high school Ceramics after teaching elementary Art for 17 years. My district is “economically disadvantaged” and minorities are the majority....