The Tretis de Lumen (Enlightened Treatise) series celebrates masterworks that illuminated humanity's greater understanding of the sphere - in physical, astronomical and cosmological terms. The works of some of these great thinkers shook the world during their lifetimes. For others, it would take decades, even centuries before the true import of these writings would be understood and embraced by the generations that followed. Through a celebration of these timeless treatises, we hope that the artworks of Porcelainia will engender a renewed appreciation of themes that link this unique assemblage of writings from the past two millennia.
Tretis de Lumen begins with seminal works on geometry and geography of the spherical earth by Euclid and Ptolemy. It proceeds to the first descriptions of planetary motion in the work of Sacrobosco and Kepler, fresh, scholarly insights to the earth's rotation and planetary motion in the works of Copernicus and Galileo. Tretis de Lumen goes full circle by ending with the new mathematical horizons opened up in the 19th century through the spherical geometries of Gauss and Riemann and the 20th century synergetic geometry of Buckminster Fuller.
The porcelain artworks of the "Tretis de Lumen" series were inspired by the same force that influenced these definitive writings in history -- a deep appreciation for the beauty, illumination and endurance of the Sphere