Pottery Reveals Our Love For Beauty

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Pottery Sherds (Flckr: Creative Commons by Iris Fernandez/The Institute for the Study of the Ancient World)

Pottery sherds are important artifacts for archeologists. They can learn lots from those broken pieces of pottery, like what people group made the pottery, where they made it, and sometimes, what it held.

One of the ways they determine who made the pottery is by the decorative designs on the piece.

I am amazed that people who had to gather, grow, and hunt for every piece of food they ate still took the time to make beautiful things. The need to beautify even our basic possessions is a human trait. We are creative. We seek and appreciate beauty.

Even now.

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My sister and my mom–and our pottery.

Last weekend I met my sister, Ruth, and my mom, Betty, at It’s Your Pottery in Omaha, Neb., to paint pottery. It was fun! The most difficult part was deciding which piece to choose.

I wonder, in 1,000 years or so, will archeologists find pieces of my pottery? What will they be able to determine about me?

What do you do to add beauty to your life?

4 comments

  1. Joel Rosenthal

    Debbie,

    Very nice post. I thought this paragraph was beautiful.

    I am amazed that people who had to gather, grow, and hunt for every piece of food they ate still took the time to make beautiful things. The need to beautify even our basic possessions is a human trait. We are creative. We seek and appreciate beauty.

    Have a great week.

    Joel

    Sent from my iPhone

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  2. Jane Healy

    Interesting point to ponder. I first thought about this many years ago when I saw an exhibit of early Viking artifacts. Hair brushes, mirrors, etc., all had decorations carved on them. To add beauty to my life, I read your blog, Debbie!

    • Deb Watley

      Awww, thanks, Jane! I love getting comments from you! Those Viking hairbrushes would put my plastic one to shame. And their brushes probably weren’t made to be on display, either, like a vase or a sword might have been.

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