Potters Guild

Since the time of the Pharaohs, the Masonic Order had investigated lines of force in nature and ascertained through experiential knowledge those structures demonstrating “the path of least resistance,” getting the desired result with minimal effort.

From this perspective, the eggshell was the obvious candidate to mimic.

The catenary curve on pottery chard (2650 BC) was excavated in or near 1925 in Djoser's Pyramid in Saqqara, Egypt.

Although limited by the strength of the materials at hand, the shell concept dictated how those materials had to be employed.

It is plausible that the shell secret given to the Medici family, which helped initiate the Renaissance––the return of Humanism––was in response to their patronage of the Potters Guild, which was closely related to sculptors. It is a secret not shared and does not resurface until centuries later in Spain.

Unaided by computers, the complex shapes of Flow that re-emerge in Spain after Brunelleschi and his egg analogy again find their origin in pottery.

Staunch opposition to Art Nouveau does not occur in the Spanish setting, and its fluid, dynamic use of color, curves, the human figure, and modern materials, like iron, glass, and particularly ceramics, creates complex, customized products and structures.