Dying into Becoming: How a Potter Mirrors Earth’s Evolution is a collaborative project between potter and teacher artist Diane Walters and local Emmy-winning filmmaker and editor Nancy Rosenblum.
This film explores how a potter recreates and imitates the evolution of the earth through the changing relationship with our mountainous and river landscape.
Rosenblum began her career as a copywriter 30 years ago. She has worked in Los Angeles, Vancouver and Nelson. She cut all genres, including storytelling, documentaries, reality TV, lifestyle shows, and even game shows. She taught for three years at the Selkirk International Digital Film Program and is the filmmaker behind many artist portraits SculptureWalk, as well as the creation of her own series of local artists called WHAT MAKES AN ARTIST TICK? She has a passion for storytelling through cinema, whether involved in production or post-production.
Walters started making jars at the age of 15. Growing up with parents who owned a stone store, she became fascinated by the geology behind her artistic endeavors in clay and glaze materials. When she presented her idea to make a film about a potter’s connection and relationship to the evolution of the Earth, to Rosenblum, a joint effort emerged and the short film Dying into Becoming: How a Potter Mirrors Earth’s Evolution was born.
When the COVID-19 pandemic ended classes at Walters’ Earth studio, she began to lead a ceramic response to fear and social isolation on a global scale. To that end, she has developed a new line of products that she calls “Emergence,” an effort to bring the lifeline between light and human connection to the dinner table.
The connection it asks of us is to be aware not only of the food we eat and where it comes from, but also of the dishes we eat. “Making earth dishes brings about change, connection and art in relation to the earth and with each other,” she says. “It’s a feast of continuous change by dying to become something else.”
The film explores how we see change as an evolutionary process and how we embrace our landscape as alive. How can we imagine and be inspired by the art of becoming through an evolution of shifting from the earthly realm to the life of a human making a pot? Walters claims that the finished pot gives and takes.
This film identifies how much our times demand this of us; to see ourselves as a whole, as a part of the earth, as a part of all creation in the act and art of becoming more ourselves.
With support from the Columbia Basin Trust, Columbia Kootenay Cultural Alliance, Kootenay Film, and the Civic Theater, Diane and Nancy’s premiere of Dying into Becoming: How A Potter Mirrors Earth’s Evolution will screen at the Civic Theater on July 26 at 19 h. A Q&A with the artists will follow.
Doors open at 6.30 a.m. Pottery sales from Walters’ work will be available for purchase in the lobby. Donations at the door to offset costs are gratefully accepted.