My SCA Back Story
How I Came to be a Researcher of Ceramics, A Bard and a Youth Officer
I was introduced to the SCA in the Barony of Bridge, University of Rhode Island group in the winter of 2003 and adopted the name Agnes Marie de Calais. I became active in fencing from 2003 to 2005 in the Qunitavia area. Life events led to a period of relative inactivity till 2010 in which my husband and then three small children participated again. Again life intervened and the family was watching from a far and waiting to return. 2018 has marked a renaissance of SCA activity for our now family of six.
In 2018, I knew I wanted to pursue the Art and Science Path but was unsure where it would lead me. I wanted to not only find a path that was mine but better understand how our kingdom and society ran. What is means to be a member of the Art and Science community.
So many arts appealed to me and then I found Research as A&S and I knew I had found my home. I love to research, write papers and explore ideas in the mundane world and it made sense to take that passion for the written word and sharing knowledge and use it to explore.
I see research as an art in of itself. Selecting the right source materials is like when a painter picks paint or a weaver threads and then using them to create a whole new thing. New books, links and journal articles excite me the way cloth or wood or other materials excite my friends in A &S.
Like no two creations made by hand are the same and an artists work may vary, so may my topics. The constant is finding work that can enrich the Society, be shared with others and most of all find interesting enough to chase where it leads me. More specifically I have found a passion for Unique Medieval Ceramics and their provenance. Even more fascinating to me is when the are related to the Eastern and Western connection in the Medieval world.
In late December 2018 at Bridge Birthday I found another branch of the A&S tree to explore. I shared two tales, on of love and one of sadness and became a bard. A Bardic champion to be exact. So on another quest I went to really understand what that meant and what could and should do. Along the way I have found my voice as a storyteller and opened my mouth in song for the first time publicly in years.
And, during my research and tales, I retained, became a Youth Officer at Large and really watched other aspects of our dream. There are just so many things to do and see.
I am now apprenticed to Baroness Raziya bint Rusa and am continuing onward and upward
with my SCA journey.