Ritual Project: Eating Together

Ritual Project Proposal

Brenna Linton

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.

http://www.seanoconnellpottery.com/

http://unprojects.org.au/magazine/issues/issue-6-2/jacob-ogden-smith-s-hovea-pottery-ale/

http://ayumihorie.com/

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4 Responses to Ritual Project: Eating Together

  1. GBoyd says:

    as was said in our group talk I love your idea. today we sat in the ceramics studio and we all ate our “meal” together. little things like that carry a lot of meaning. what I want to know is, how ever you glaze your plates, what bout them will make us think of a slow/intouch ritual?

  2. I love your idea! I agree with you that people eat and think differently of the food they are consuming when eating it off of handmade pottery. I know I appreciate my coffee a little bit more when I drink it from my handmade mug!

    How will you be displaying your pieces? Will they be on a table like setting?

    • brennalinton says:

      I am still considering different ideas for display. Something that would be manageable to set up and possibly a performance. But yes! the idea is that they will be displayed in a way that signifies them as objects to be used.

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