This picture is of a tile designed by Marian de Caleuve, and made by Della Robbia Pottery in Birkenhead between 1900 and 1905. It is called ‘The First Day of Creation’.
‘In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was waste and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep: and the spirit of God moved upon the face of the waters. And God said, Let there be light: and there was light. And God saw the light, that it was good: and God divided the light from the darkness. And God called the light Day, and the darkness he called Night. And there was evening and there was morning, one day.’ Genesis 1:1-5
Those that know me know I like angels and also know that if I could I would have my home filled with everything Arts and Crafts. So it is maybe no surprise that for me this tile is a joy to behold. However as just about everything nowadays is arcing the spark for me, it is that spark that is the reason for posting this picture today. Now I don’t know if this was what Marian de Caleuve intended, but when I look upon that angel holding that sphere I see it dividing just like that now oh so familiar picture of cell division.
The term ‘cell’ was first coined by Robert Hooke in his 1665 book ‘Micrographia’ because the walls of a cell reminded him of Monks cells. ‘Micrographia’ was the first scientific best seller and made people wonder at the detailed illustrations drawn from looking through a microscope, a new world was being seen for the first time and a doorway to new discoveries and wonders was flung open. However with those discoveries barriers were built between those who believed that God made the world and those that believed that the world had evolved through the wonder and chance.
In this tile however I see the arcing spark, not between news and religion, but between the creationist and the evolutionist, surely they can together look at this tile and see creation.
Art, religion, science all coming together, it makes my heart sing.