Inspired by a lesson our alumna Kate Jellinghaus used in her program Artistic Noise, I made a bowl that holds words. Story bowls were part of the exhibition Kate curated in the Arnheim Gallery in September. Actually, I didn’t make the bowl itself, as the program participants did; I used a glass bowl I had around the house.
The central photo, hand colored, is from the memorial stone of Caedmon, the first English poet, in Whitby on the Yorkshire coast. I glued it to the bottom of the bowl, then glued the mauve and lavender handmade papers over it, to cover the underside of the glass bowl. I typed my text and cut it into phrases, which I glued on the top surface of the bowl, spiraling around from the rim toward the center of the bowl. Lastly, I covered the interior of the bowl with three layers of gel medium.
The piece can be used for quiet meditation. I am hoping guests will pick it up and turn it round and round to read the words.