What is nature’s design?
The geometric patterns that life gives us seem to be a direct source to the divine. All the ancient patterns that people of the past have imprinted on stone, clay, leather etc. . All these designs that have been beaded, woven, and hand sewn tell a story of life, death and the emotion, thought, strife and journey in between.
Can we read the story of life in a leaf or in the sky?
Jamie Zane Smith is constantly working on revealing more of life’s mysteries. Thru ceramic vessels, Jamie deepens his connection with ancestors of his Wyandot Tribe. Learning old songs, traditions and skills enable him to tap into deep, embedded genetic information inside of himself. We all have this. Can we quiet ourselves enough to learn from it?
Using pottery to tell stories reveals the creators intentions. Jamie has touched many individuals’ hearts. Some may not know why they are drawn in by a particular piece of art. The designs come from life, something we are all experiencing at the present moment. We are naturally drawn to life’s pattern because we are a part of it. Processing his own clay and paints and forming tiny coils to make ancient style vessels allows Jamie to give up time and focus on the present moment. Many people are using forms of meditation or prayer to relief stress and anxiety.
During a hand building class, this spring in Steelville, Missouri, at Ozark Art and Insight, the participants felt calm and relaxed. They wanted the class to continue longer than six weeks. Jamie taught his students how to harvest, process and build with clay. The group also had the opportunity to wood fire their own work. We need no industrial technology to create art work. Through art anyone can feel a since of renewed energy.
Jamie draws his audience attention to an older pattern, form and story. The work is melding contemporary ideas with traditional technique. The work takes the visual spectrum of the natural world and breaks the images down into archetypal symbols. This process is not destructive, The symbols created give a strong foundation for the heart. These patterns have the ability to inspire life, thoughts and conversation. What do you see in these patterns?
Jamie’s vessels convey the intention of gathering and storing the good in the world and restoring faith at a deeper level. That is what the old pottery did for community. We can unlock this key once again. Life naturally wants to keep going. How can we restore a deeper faith in community and sustainability in our own lives? If we understand life’s design, we can live a holistic and happy life. We can learn not to fight life and start living it. We can learn how to connect to something greater than ourselves once again.
Once again the circle of time, space and season begin. What will we notice this time around? What will inspire us?
This spring of May, 2017, on Saturday, the 13th Turtle Earth Healing and Arts will present, Honor The Mother (Pottery from the Earth) a ceramic show featuring exceptional ceramic artist.