Cover Art: Heart Connection, life scale porcelain paperclay by Rosette Gault (2019) Photo by Artist.
Update on the project as of Jan, 13, 2021.
Ever since potters and hand builders touched clay they have yearned to tame it. It's kept a faithful record of some of the highest and best accomplishments through history and evidence of human imagination and vision as well as are record of beauty to behold today. It can lead us to a sustainable healthier world tomorrow.
Your guide, Rosette Gault, Ph.D questioned this faithful and ancient friend of humanity the clay particle who rarely travels alone and who is in so many "relationships" with molecules you might call it polyamorous until you realize some its children tend to be the most faithful bit of nano-dust around. The possibilities of looking at this from new views, led to a wonderland. Without a clay particle we could have no electronics, circuit boards, computers, space craft or tools of vision and multi-parameter dimensional machine modeling which can support advance in not just medicine and healing. Because of what we have learned from a clay particle relationships with cellulose fibers we can at last use the very same new tools of vision to develop alternative materials to end if not reduce the growing dependency on man-made polymer debris that litters the rivers, fields, oceans and sky beyond the landfills. Breakthroughs in medicine are possible too.
Since the optimum balance paperclay heals itself- the process of healing might be re-visited and questioned from perspective never possible to do before now.
Even a few degrees of paradigm shift will reveal the new way of seeing ways clay can heal and clear up millennia of partial understanding. The new understanding- illumination what used to be the dark places of the mind sets off chain of aha moments- that like a stair case out of a prison of ignorance lead to recovery and what we call healing. Some of what was taught in school- is now out of date.
This cross discipline tour of possibilities. The mass of little clay particles and their friends want to help. It says to a virus- forget about it- we'll capture you. You can't capture us! And the reasons why will surprise anyone who wants to know.
For healing people eat clay for the minerals, they make pills out of it. Since antiquity, they bathe in it. or in India smear it on their skin. Most claim swear it absorbs toxins which they easily wash away with water, In the Bible, Jesus mixed a little with some spit to heal some kind of blindness not specified. In the Bible, Habbakuk warned of turning it into a false idol. It is no substitute for the true Divine, which some have felt but could not see- at least not until the inner eye to see love is opened. What goes on the Potter's House involves creation, destruction a sustaining eternal design.for vessels of every sort. This aspect of clays legacy is also part of the question asked.
Did the mineral domain of mass of clay particles have anything in common with in the human domain, Did it suffer catastrophic failure from stress, breakdowns, trauma, attack, pounding, lumps, too stiff too hard, too weak, too strong, too slippery? Was there a clay equivalent of being "under the influence" and what sort of influences would change the clay- chemical, physical, geologic, environment? If I could make friends with it- or understand it, could it cooperate? Of course!
This survey discourse for a general reader inspired by non-fiction works such as; Murchie (Seven Mysteries of Life); Fletcher ( A Walk through Time); Cardew (Pioneer Pottery); Schumacher (Small is Beautiful); Edwards (Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain); Brennan (Hands of Light). Ramacharakra (The Science of Breath), Ackerman (A Natural History of the Senses), and many others.
Gault is world known in ceramics for contributing an most practical innovation in paperclay studio methods which freed sculptors, potters, artists and makers from "the invisible walls of fear" during creation process (ie manufacture), saving fuel in firing, time in drying and other advantages that enabled them to win awards and commissions worldwide.