Dear Haijin, visitors and travelers,
Welcome at a new episode of our daily haiku meme Carpe Diem Haiku Kai. This month we are celebrating our 4th anniversary and until now we have had wonderful regular posts, but also wonderful specials e.g. the Imagination with ... episodes have really inspired you.
Today we have another nice regular prompt which has to do with tools for writing and creativity, today I love to inspire you with clay. Just for the record, I like pottery, but I am not a potter or something, I am just a writer (photographer and painter) nothing more nothing less.
Maybe you remember that episode about Jane's other creativities, beads and pottery. I shared a few beauties of her pottery and her beads-art. Today ... no beads, but pottery and clay tablets.
Clay ... was always used for pottery, but also for 'writing'.
In the Ancient Near East, clay tablets were used as a writing medium especially for writing in cuneiform, throughout the Bronze Age and well into the Iron Age. Cuneiform characters were imprinted on a wet clay tablet with a stylus often made of reed (reed pen).Once written upon, many tablets were dried in the sun or air, remaining fragile. Later, these unfired clay tablets could be soaked in water and recycled into new clean tablets. Other tablets, once written, were fired in hot kilns (or inadvertently, when buildings were burnt down by accident or during conflict) making them hard and durable. Collections of these clay documents made up the very first archives. They were at the root of first libraries. Tens of thousands of written tablets, including many fragments, have been found in the Middle East.
|Sumerian Clay Tablet|
|pottery by Jane Reichhold|
forgotten ... children play with clay
PS. Jane inspires me almost every day and at tumblr I created a special "tribute to Jane" tumblr, where I am trying to post every day too ... feel free to visit.