Ritual genesis: constructing systems of belief
Lars Voltz. (2012). Ritual Genesis: Constructing Systems of Belief. -- In Proceedings: 8th Annual Symposium: Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects. Wichita, KS: Wichita State University, p.143-144
Throughout clay’s history, material choices directly shape cultural practices and the structuring of ceremonial and mundane living. Within this context, “ritual” is a transient term describing actions covering a broad scope of day-to-day and elevated/special circumstances that retains potency depending on the contexts of the performed action. I will be investigating how rituals rooted in ceramic materials, impact the lives of those who participate in the ritual. References will be made to very personal rituals I have recently created and to those of foreign cultures. I hope audiences will question their associations with their own rituals and will examine how their beliefs shape how they live.
Paper presented to the 8th Annual Symposium on Graduate Research and Scholarly Projects (GRASP) held at the Marcus Welcome Center, Wichita State University, April 18, 2012.
Research completed at the Department of Ceramics, College of Fine Arts