Wow it’s been a while. Working on getting my online store up and running with some new work. Come Monday (6/26) morning this sweet cup and many others will be for sale! https://www.etsy.com/shop/WillsonPottery
Italian, probably Urbino, ca. 1600 Tin-glazed earthenware The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC
In this whimsical maiolica sculpture, a well-dressed man leans forward in his seat with his head in a covered pot set above a fiery hearth. The vessel beside the hearth almost certainly held ink. The man’s actions are explained by an inscription on the chair: “I distill my brain and am totally happy.” Thus the task of the writer is equated with distillation— the process through which a liquid is purified by heating and cooling, extracting its essence.