Matching Pots: The Poetry of Dining
Where to even start? The subtleties of using art as a functional, stand-alone dining object ... Just a mug with tea in it, creates a critical environment that an artist can manipulate by working towards the knowledge that it will be rotating within a person's daily routine and diet - from the shelf to the table to the lips to the sink and back to the shelf. Or a little ego can take over either willingly or unknowingly (preferrably) and turn a hot cup of tea regularly used into an interactive ceremony.
You will never be as intimate with a painting.
The mug sitting on my desk right now is full of a green tea. I spent about 6 minutes making the tea just right and the cup has a raised foot to keep the liquid up off the table and therefore the temperature I want it to be longer. The lip narrows at the top and flares open to pressurize the steam and aroma of my drink, it looks like the top of a burning chimney. The handle is just enough for one finger to fit in, but the rest line up properly, as if it was a bigger handle that all of my finger fit in with a secure grip, and my thumb pinches the axis of balance just over my index finger so if I want I can lift up the cup in a swift motion. The handle is ignored if a woman picks it up and the cup becomes a bowl. If I pour at an angle, because the cup has a spherical interior my drink will swirl around. It's really fun to do. All my decoration does is name my interaction. There is much more to art than just the visual, and I imagine many contemporary artists would find my backwards approval of experiential or performative art appealing, if they have a sense of humor.
That is just a mug. With green tea.
What happens when we add a bowl of cereal to the mix? Food can look really good on a pot, and it can look really bad. Some art has changed my diet because of that. Some art has made me try new foods just because of how I thought they might look. Pottery can make you eat with your eyes and body as much as your stomach. Color can make you hungry. Texture and touch is a world of art only just now being explored.
You want to talk juxtaposition? Edge? Think of what you might fill some of these sets with. How does the set make you think you'll feel or act when you're using them? Are they the cup that you toast with? Your diner-style seedy coffee, the cup that holds the caffeine dose late at night while poring over a tome of secret knowledge, the plate that sits on the table for guests with cake while you discuss important plans? The bowl that sits in your left hand full of noodles while writing an application? How does a cup compliment it? Does it take you back through a Jungian safari to your great great great great great great medieval grandmother making Christmas dinner for her kids while her husband has left for the crusades?
I'll wrap this up next week after the kiln has cooled.