About a year ago, a friend reached out to me about making a very large and shallow bowl and matching pitcher as a surprise for her sister who was engaged and getting married later in the year. Her sister, Stephanie, wanted to have a foot washing ceremony with her husband to be, Aidan, during their wedding. It was to be their first act together as husband and wife. And my friend wanted to give them custom made vessels to use for this special moment. I was incredibly honored to be asked to help with the instruments for such a sweet and meaningful ceremony.
I felt confident about making the pitcher, because it's a form I'm very familiar with. But to be honest, I wasn't 100% sure how large I could make this type of bowl. I knew I was physically able, but was unsure how my porcelain would handle the large form (porcelain is more sensitive to cracking in the drying process). But I felt I'd learned enough about this clay-body in the past couple years that there was a good possibility, and I decided to go for it. I'm so glad I did.
The greatest blessing of all of this was to hear about how the ceremony went from the family when I ran into them recently at a show I was having. Wow. What a special thing to be a part of. They shared these beautiful photographs of the foot washing with me and the detail shots of the pieces at the wedding by their photographer, Rachel Iliadis. Such gorgeous photographs of a special moment!
My friend also requested that I engrave Stephanie and Aidan's initials and wedding date on the side of the pitcher and also their names and date on the bottom of the bowl. The happy couple now uses the bowl as a centerpiece in their home. I'm hopeful that it will continue to be a piece that brings them joy and reminds them of the humble act they first made for each other at the start of their marriage.