This teapot combine named – Joseph’s coat, is my way of expressing regeneration and hope in form.
I discovered one of Solomon’s proverbs, ‘the heart of the wise is in the house of mourning’ 1] and that was where I found my mourning owl in Micah’s vision. Seeing only suffering and misery all around, she had changed from an innocent girl into a proud feathered owl. Drinking from bitter springs she became a wise creature seeing only by night, but tricked into thinking that there was no good God at all.
I thought of all the land of Egypt that was given into Joseph’s hand and how God lead his people from there into the promised land. To me Joseph’s coat resembles all that land. I imagined that it looked like the ‘las-lappies’ land of the Hex river valley. I then sketched my owl between high mountains in such a fruitful valley and waited for the right season to arrive when her feathers would drop with the autumn leaves.
And then she opened her eyes because God answered her in the joy of her heart 2] and she was again his child.
- Ecclesiastes 7:4
- Ecclesiastes 5:20