Ritual Project Proposal
Interdisciplinary Critique 2
For the Ritual project I would like to explore the concept behind the ritual of the family dinner. For this project I will be creating unique dinner plates. These plates are intended for use by an individual in a personal setting. The intention of these objects is to provide a surface to display food on and eat food off of while also being aesthetically pleasing. Since I am creating this work for a primarily Canadian audience in a university setting I will be using dinner plates because I believe that are the most relatable for this audience.
These plates will be thrown porcelain and decorated with slip. There will be a clear glaze applied over the plates. The decoration will be a stenciled resist or painted designs. The painted designs are important to this project because they reinforce the handmade aspect to the plates. Each plate will have different designs. I am hoping to fire these in a cone 9 reduction firing depending on the availability of the kiln and time and the umfm strike.
The ritual of eating dinner with the family is prevalent in all cultures of the world. It creates a bond between human beings when we partake in eating food together. It is a ritual not only of nourishing the body but also of connecting with others. The plate’s application in the family dinner can change depending on the types of food and culture. Although with the rise of convenient food in the present day, sitting down together and cooking a meal for a family dinner seems less common. However partaking in this ritual is very important to our emotional and societal well being. By taking time to eat slowly and relax with other people we can improve our physical and mental health. When we eat slower we are more likely to identify when our bodies are telling us we are full so we consume less food then if we were eating fast. Eating slowly also allows us to enjoy our food and really taste it. Eating slowly and with other people allows for us to have conversations about what we are eating and to have a shared experience with another human being. When we cook food and share it with somebody we are showing them a part of our culture. Sharing food is a way of showing acceptance and tolerance for others. It is an unspoken conversation that says you value them and their health.
I believe that pottery represents this ideal of food appreciation. When people use handmade pottery it makes them think differently about the way they nourish their body. MY goal with this project is to start a discussion around the necessity of eating but also the ritual in which we choose to eat food a certain way.
I have referenced some potters below that I find are a good representation of decoration and the handmade in ceramic pottery.