"ELDERS" - SOLEM CERAMICS GRATITUDE SERIES
NOTE: The purchase of this item gets you 1 cup entitled, "Elders" from The Gratitude Series, which consists of 5 cups in total. To purchase the entire collection you need to add each of them to your cart separately.
Made in collaboration with my friend, Tamara Alissa (Solem Ceramics), this collection of cups honours the 5 aspects of my existence that I give thanks to every day - My Spirit, My Elders, My Youthfulness, Time (Past, Present, and Future), and My Body.
Each cup was wheel thrown with white stoneware and fired by Tamara before being illustrated on with cobalt underglaze by myself, and finally glazed and re-fired to reveal their final state.
"Thank you, elders, for protecting and tending to me".
On January 18th, 2021, I had a reiki session performed from a distance by my friend Samantha Jade. During the session, I felt myself being carried through a field on a makeshift stretcher, and as I looked to my left, I saw the face of a female elder who was tending to me. The look in her face was strong, and serious, and it reassured me that I was safe.
This cup depicts the face of a Filipina elder, resembling the one I saw during my session. It was an overwhelming feeling of safety that I hadn't known as a child, but one that I've always needed. The hands on the reverse side of the cup are symbolic of my protector telling someone to "Stop", as well as the tenderness of someone offering me a hand for help.
W 3.75" x H 4.375"
Tamara Alissa is a self-taught multidisciplinary artist from Saudi Arabia, currently based in Toronto, Ontario. Her primary medium is hand-building and wheel-throwing clay, exploring themes of process vs outcome, diaspora, connection to the elements, and meditative play. She is currently focusing on different methods of hand-building sculptural vessels and applying illustrative work to wheel-thrown wares.