A picture on instagram, from Adam Buick, of a moonjar afloat in a calm sea. That’s where it started for me.
This is what the caption said:
Seven jars will shortly be set adrift across the Irish Sea, destined for the coast of Wales, I hope. Part of a new commission and exhibition for Aberystwyth University Ceramics Collection.
This is what he replied when I asked:
Following on from yesterday’s post: “When a King of Ireland had seven troublesome daughters, he decided to cast them away in a boat without sails. The currents carried them east and they came ashore upon the Welsh coast. They were rescued shortly afterwards by seven local farmers, with whom they fell in love, and married. The place was named Tresaith, the ‘Place of Seven’, for each of the troublesome daughters who made it their home.”
The commission is for Year of Legend, and how more in the moment can this be. As ever, such a beautiful idea, to place these pots into the sea, releasing them into the wild.
For, as Adam says, ” the movement of people and the mingling of different cultures is part of who we are”.
These aren’t the first thing that Adam has left in the wild. As part of his making he crafts tiny votive pots and gives them back to the land. So beautiful, so very very beautiful.
Adam is putting tracking devices into the pots so that their journeys can be followed. I hope they survive, wish them calm seas and a sandy beach to wash up on. They may be carried by time and tide to safe harbour, they may be smashed on the rocks, or sunk. Whatever, they are the product of a beautiful mind.