Pottery from the Third Annual Patchwork of Life Conference (2015)
The theme of the Third Annual Patchwork of Life Women’s Conference was “The Potter’s Hand.”
The conference featured 4,000 year-old potsherd fragments of Holy Land pottery, discovered by archaeologists from the Smithsonian Institution during the Excavation of Tell Jemmeh, Israel between 1970 and 1990. All the artifacts from the Tell Jemmeh excavations were shipped from Israel to Washington, D.C., and were cataloged with registration numbers, restored, studied, and analyzed in the National Museum of Natural History. The site is a strategic and large mound located near Gaza and the Mediterranean coast. It was inhabited continuously for nearly 4,000 years during the Middle and Late Bronze Age, Iron Age, and the Persian period.
In addition, rare Texas African American slave pottery and unique American Indian collections were available for viewing. The Texas African American slave pieces were created between 1857 and 1865 by three brothers, Hiram, James and Wallace. They were brought to Texas from Missouri by their owner, John McKenzie Wilson. After the Civil War, the three brothers took the last name of Wilson and founded their own pottery business, H. Wilson & Co., believed to be Texas’ first black-owned business. Until 1903, Wilson Pottery was manufactured in the Capote Hills, which is located approximately 10 miles East of Seguin in Guadalupe County.
A special exhibit of replicas of three types of oil lamps mentioned in the Bible were also exhibited.