Monday, April 29, 2013

Really Notable Vessels Part 1

Biggest container ship in the world- Danish Maersk Triple-E Class. It is 1400 feet from bow to stern .

Oldest ceramic vessels- ceramic sherds from the Paleolithic/ Neolithic cave site of Xianrendong in central China date from around 20,000 years ago. The vessels were made of local clay.
The smallest blood vessels in the human body are capillaries. They absorb oxygen into the blood. 9.67 of them together are only as thick as a human hair. The smallest ones are in the brain. The aorta is the largest blood vessel in the human body.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Moorcroft Pottery, My Personal Favorite

Fresia Design vase
Designed by Walter Moorcroft

The Mediterranean Collection
High and Dry vase

An English pottery founded in 1897 as part of James Macintyre & Co. The first designs were by 24 year old William Moorcroft. In 1913 he split with Macintyre and formed his own company. Over the years Moorcroft pottery earned many gold medals and in 1928 was named Potter to HM The Queen. To this day Moorcroft pottery is very much in demand. To see how the pottery is made and to view their exquisite gallery go to

Monday, April 15, 2013

The Xylem Highway

conductive vessel in Mountain Mahogany

Our circulatory system is made up of blood vessels, a plant's circulatory system is made up of xylem and phloem. Xylem consists of two types of cells known as tracheids and vessel elements. These form tube-shaped structures which provide pathways for water and minerals from a plants roots to the leaves. Vessels are found only in angiosperms or flowering plants.

Plant Vascular Tissue
Plant Tissue Systems by Regina Bailey

Monday, April 8, 2013

" Empty Vessel"

"Empty vessel" literally means a container with nothing inside.  However, like the word vessel this phrase has several connotations. In literature it was Plato who supposedly said " as empty vessels make the loudest sound, so they that have the least wit are the greatest babblers." I suppose he meant that foolish people and braggarts are the most talkative and noisy.

In the world of business the "empty vessel approach" refers to a lack of leadership and employees who won't take individual responsibility. You don't have to work for the government to experience this.  Also from a business standpoint, empty vessel names are names of products, brands, or even companies which have been invented so as not to offend anyone. In trying to please everyone the products become invisible because the name does not describe the product. Just for fun take a trip to the American Sign Museum and think about businesses as empty vessels.

Hollis Hammonds
I think the most interesting use of the phrase empty vessel is as a metaphor for someone who has a willing mind ready to receive teaching. Young children can be described as empty vessels ready to learn. The artist Holis Hammonds created drawings of empty bowls signifying potential and possibility.

...Lynn Conaway

Monday, April 1, 2013

Egg-citing Kid Stuff

Renderings of engraved South
American San Tribe ostrich eggs.
Download image here.
Previously, I wrote about how throughout history the egg shape inspired artists and represented natural harmony, life, birth, creation, and potential  As a follow-up, I offer you some egg-citing activities you might enjoy doing yourself or with a child.
  • Download pictures of South African San Tribe engraved ostrich eggs and color them in. Ancient artists used a special paint made from animal fat and charcoal. Or make up your own design.
  • Start seedlings. Fill an egg carton with empty, rinsed egg shell halves and poke a hole in each one for drainage. Then add potting soil and one or two seeds to each shell. When the seedlings are big enough to put outside, just crack the shell at the bottom and plant them, shell and all. The shells are biodegradable.
  • Check out this gorgeous site. for ideas to decorate your own eggs. Don’t forget eggs come in many colors; Tinamous birds in South America have emerald green shells, robin eggs are blue and falcons have brownish/orange shells.
decorating ideas for young children

--Lynn Conaway