Reliquary was created in 2015
Material is ceramic
M. Lennington has written that “the inspiration for my work comes from the smell of wet clay, childhood experiences, nature, and faith in the process of transformation. Careful observations of gardens and the northern Michigan woods resulted in cocoons and seeds becoming some of my favorite themes. The moment of life emerging from a seemingly inert object fascinated me. These natural events of emergence after transformation mirror the experience of a ceramic piece taken from the kiln. My pieces are those inert vessels, proof of change and reminders of possibilities.”
Reliquary was specifically made for Walk of Art, sponsored by Art Rapids. The clay was aged six years. The 'relic' was added slowly to the clay body by hours of wedging. The imagery was lifted from objects found in nature and shrines to the virgin Mary.
M. Lennington graduated from Mancelona High School and went on to participate in the Ceramic Apprenticeship Program in Berea, attain a Bachelor of Arts from Berea College Kentucky, and later attain a Master of Arts from Central Michigan University. CMU's Park Library holds the master thesis “State of the Vessel” by M. Lennington in its permanent collection.
For over twenty years M. Lennington has been the sole proprietor of of Lennington Pottery, physically located "exactly in the middle of nowhere, one hour north of Cadillac, one hour south of Petoskey, three miles north of Mancelona, three miles south of Alba along the side of U.S.131. in beautiful Antrim County."
38" high, 13” diameter
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