We are all migrants

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.

I needed to know more. Why?       

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.

Do look at Adam’s website. The photography and the films will bring you peace of heart away from all the lies and trickery of politics.

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.


About Jackie

I am an artist and writer. I live in a small house by the sea in Wales where I write, paint, walk and watch and dream of bears and whales. I love to read, have a wish for wings and prefer the company of animals to that of humans, though at times I can be quite friendly. I am learning how to work with wood engraving tools and hoping to show that you can teach an old dog new tricks.
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3 Responses to We are all migrants

  1. Bernie Bell says:

    Not quite the same, but similar.
    Lotte Glob released 333 floating stones on 111 Scottish lochans – 3 on each lochan. She has made a book called ‘Floating Stones’, which is a marvel to look at, as Lotte is a marvel of a human being.
    If any of you ever get the chance, please visit Lotte at her studio (checking with her first, of course).
    I would place a picture of her floating stones here, but I still don’t know how to do that. I’ll send one to you, Jackie.
    Lotte Glob – a name to conjure with.
    Floating stones, which are ceramics – floating jars.
    Scotland Ireland Wales Europe The Earth.
    “All are one and one is all”.

  2. Bernie Bell says:

    I am now wending my way through Lotte Glob’s book ‘Floating Stones’ – I genuinely can’t recommend it enough, to you , Jackie, and to all who read your blog. I’m absolutely certain that you’ll love it – not just the images, but the writing and the life in it, too.
    If you follow this link, it is to be found:-


  3. I enjoy looking through a post that can make men and women think. Also, many thanks for allowing for me to comment!

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