I want my share…now

give me my portion, now

from prodigal’s rings series

I want my share now

quarter, silver plated bread knife blade, acorn, brass tube rivet

the story… “A man had two sons. The younger son told his father, ‘I want my share of your estate now before you die.’ So his father agreed to divide his wealth between his sons.
“A few days later this younger son packed all his belongings and moved to a distant land, and there he wasted all his money in wild living. About the time his money ran out, a great famine swept over the land, and he began to starve. He persuaded a local farmer to hire him, and the man sent him into his fields to feed the pigs. The young man became so hungry that even the pods he was feeding the pigs looked good to him. But no one gave him anything.
“When he finally came to his senses, he said to himself, ‘At home even the hired servants have food enough to spare, and here I am dying of hunger! I will go home to my father and say, “Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. Please take me on as a hired servant.”’
“So he returned home to his father. And while he was still a long way off, his father saw him coming. Filled with love and compassion, he ran to his son, embraced him, and kissed him. His son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against both heaven and you, and I am no longer worthy of being called your son. ’
“But his father said to the servants, ‘Quick! Bring the finest robe in the house and put it on him. Get a ring for his finger and sandals for his feet. And kill the calf we have been fattening. We must celebrate with a feast, for this son of mine was dead and has now returned to life. He was lost, but now he is found.’ So the party began.

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4 thoughts on “I want my share…now

  1. Nice title for the ring. I’d figured that this was the odd ring out for the series and maybe represented the prodigal son. I like that it’s subtle and feels like a poignant reflection on the story. I like that it’s not a narrative depiction of the story, so it leaves room to think more about the story and different ways that the three rings are like the three characters in the story. In that way, the art doesn’t give one single answer. Instead it makes you think!

    • Thanks, amy. here are further thoughts…My response to this story is very personal, having been a prodigal myself. I have been struggling to find a way to use jewelry to tell this story. I considered something more direct like a bracelet, etched with images from art history. I settled on a series of rings- prodigal’s rings. In my imagination, I believe the prodigal was so grateful for forgiveness and the loving kindness of his father. He was received with open arms, a new robe, a fatted calf and a ring for his hand. The son was so grateful he wanted to create reminders for himself to remember to be content and patient. In my imagination’s story of the prodigal, he created rings for each finger of his right hand. These rings are made from humble items, coins, eating utensils and pig food. Each day when the son rises he puts on the rings as tangible reminders to have humility and gratitude.

      • these were another direction. your idea pretty well hit me on the head. i am torn as to which way to go. I have the 2 oither rings i have made from nickels. I really am not sure how to display the rings i the show. I guess i will have to from them? ANy other way seems too risky to lose one. even in a church. any ideas?

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