Flawed but beautiful, like us.
The lesser gods that this sculpture praises, Cheek says, are men and women. The clay he selected contains a lot of iron, and he fired it in a way that brings out the iron and turns the clay a rusty color. During the firing process he distressed the piece to create some flaws. Then he tore newspaper, enameled it a bronze color similar to the natural color of the fired clay, and used it to paper over the flaws—the way we lesser gods so often do. “The clay will last thousands and thousands of years,” Cheek said, “and the newspaper is ephemeral, for contrast.”
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Tom Stites was the editor of UU World from 1997 to 2006 and retired as its publisher in 2007. He is a member of the First Religious Society of Newburyport, Massachusetts.
Growing up on Star Island
Looking back on my summers spent at a beloved Unitarian Universalist retreat.
We cannot hear unless there is silence.