Tuesday, December 7, 2010
Not A Drop To Drink
Our well pump went out today. We judiciously purchased a home warranty when we bought our home which will cover part of the cost. Hopefully we don't need a new well; which wouldn't be covered and would cost a small fortune.
If we need a new well, I'll be carrying water from a stream in a clay pitcher like the one above I made a few years ago. The 10 x 5 inch water carrier is glazed with ohata kaki and canyon yellow glazes; the handle is driftwood I collected from the beach.
I started thinking of all the water surrounding Florida, the gulf, the ocean, the springs, the swamps, all the rivers and lakes. Not having any water available in our home, I immediately thought of the phrase, Not A Drop to Drink. This reminded me of the poem The Rime of the Ancient Mariner by the English poet Samuel Taylor Coleridge. You can read the whole poem here.
Just found out there's a Paul Andrew Wandless printing on clay workshop the second weekend of January at the Ocean Reef Art League in the dive capital of the world, Key Largo. Printing on clay is something I've always wanted to explore, but alas I can't find the extra cash to pay for a three day workshop.
I'll revisit water carrier forms as I'm reminded about the necessity of water to human life. A vision comes to mind of one of those wood yokes over my shoulders with a water pail on either end. I have a whole box of driftwood I collected on California beaches waiting to be used. I'd forgotten all about the driftwood till our well quit today close to 5 p.m. So far our heater is holding up but if it quits or we need a new well, it really will be Bah Humbug!