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NOTE: The purchase of this item gets you 1 cup entitled, "Body" 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. 

Body -
"Thank you, body, for allowing me to move through space".

Our bodies are the vehicles that allow us to have the emotions, thoughts, connections, and experiences we have in our lives. They are incredible vessels and deserve so much gratitude. Yet as a person who has experienced countless acts of physical trauma, I have spent the majority of my life hating every aspect of my body. Even while it has given me my livelihood and so much joy, it is riddled with experiences of violence that I work every day to release myself of.

This cup consists of diagrams of different aspects of the human body, including a loose self portrait, a hand with my tattoos on it, and a depiction of my right eye. The numbers correspond to the order in which each section was drawn. Even in a practice of gratitude, there is a detachment from life in the creation of "Body" that is true to my personal experience with my own.


W 3.75" x H 4.25"



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.