Sheron Roberts on mon 20 feb 06
I was doing a little research online and
stumbled on this article which I found to
be very interesting. I know it doesn't=20
mention clay specifically, but it speaks
of the oldest figurative art in the world.
The article can be found at the following
address for those interested.
Sheron Roberts in North Carolina
Marta Matray on tue 21 feb 06
Sheron Roberts wrote:
>>>it speaks of the oldest figurative art in the world.
thank you for this article, sheron!
i dont think that your post is OT at all,
it is so fascinating to think that our
forefathers and foremothers were just like us!
personally, i always felt that those 7000 year old
terracotta clay figures - "the goddesses" - which were
found by archeologists just few miles from my birthplace
in hungary... well, i kind of imagined (sort of) that
not the makers, but the actual pieces
were my real ancestors... - spooky as it is :)
anyways, it is a great article, thanks for sending it!
"With all the ethnic, cultural and religious differences today, looking at
objects like these points to a creative impulse that links us all
together, no matter what the time period,"
"...there's something else important about the discoveries: It
shows "cultural modernity," or evidence that the humans living 30,000
years ago were "a lot like ourselves."
marta matray, from my cave in
Graham Mercer on wed 22 feb 06
And while talking about inspirational things such as Cave Art I just have
to mention that if anyone is travelling to the Dordogne region in the South
West of France I can HIGHLY recommend a visit to some of the Cro Magnon cave
art sites in the area.
The depictions of animals, people and events on the walls of these sites
just has to be seen to be appreciated. Absolutely fantastic!
If you only have time to visit one such site then I would recommend skipping
the more well-known sites such as Lascaux and Les Eyzies and instead head
down to Peche Merle, just east of Cahors. In my opinion (for what it is
worth) the art at this site is far better, more extensive, real (as opposed
to the reproduction at Lascaux) and the cave itself is also an interesting
cavern to look through.
I could ramble on for ages about this part of France, the wine, the potters,
the scenery, the food, the people, did I mention the wine and food? Enough,
now I am salivating at all the possibilities - gastronomic and cultural.
Yes strictly speaking this is somewhat Off Topic, but wonderful art and
great experiences in all their manifestations are what inspire us aren't
Graham, getting ready for a big two-day outdoor exhibition this weekend.
Hank Murrow on wed 22 feb 06
On Feb 21, 2006, at 10:08 PM, Graham Mercer wrote:
> And while talking about inspirational things such as Cave Art I just
> to mention that if anyone is travelling to the Dordogne region in the
> West of France I can HIGHLY recommend a visit to Peche Merle, just
> east of Cahors.
> I could ramble on for ages about this part of France, the wine, the
> the scenery, the food, the people, did I mention the wine and food?
On my second trip to France, I visited Peche Merle and was overwhelmed,
and then enchanted. As a bonus, I met Martin Barnsdale, who operates a
studio now in nearby Aujols. Martin does wonderful hand built boxes
with very beautiful and unusual ash glazes.
And not too far away is Suzy Atkins, who does the most beautiful slat
ware.........7 tons per year with one other potter!