29 September 2011
When we received this gift, I could not possibly let the honeycomb tray go into the garbage. Although intended to reside in a hive, the piece was handcrafted and served as a wonderful manifestation of a concept that is a part of daily life in the Republic of Georgia. The acknowledgement that handcrafted should not only be valued, but expected.
Using one's hands to create is highly prized here. From the felt crafter selling her wares on a cobble stoned street to a produce vendor wrapping his herb bundles with handmade vine bands. In fact, the recognition extends to trades that are highly specialized. In this ancient part of the world, a carpenter or a plumber or a mechanic, regardless of their actual work, is called a "master." A title befitting the truly specialized service that a person provides.
So, seeing the beauty in the roughly chopped pieces of wood and tightly wound wire strings on my gifted honeycomb tray, I began to clean it of the golden nectar and beautifully formed wax. After much scrubbing, I mounted it on a wall above my vanity table. I now have a small, personalized art gallery. A perfect place to rotate the numerous pieces of artwork gifted by my children and a few treasured pieces I've collected over the years. And, each day, the small gallery serves as a tiny reminder that wonderful things can be made with the humblest of objects.