"SPIRIT" - SOLEM CERAMICS GRATITUDE SERIES
NOTE: The purchase of this item gets you 1 cup entitled, "Spirit" 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, spirit, for guiding and centering me".
I often envision myself stumbling through a forest in an effort to follow a wiser version of myself as it easily navigates any obstacle it encounters. Every so often it looks back at me, as if to say, "I'm going. Are you coming with me or not?", and I pull myself together in an attempt to catch up.
This cup depicts me reaching out to, but not yet grasping, the hand of my spirit. As you follow the hand around the cup, you see that they are connected, and are actually coming from the same person. The awareness that my better self is guiding me informs my decisions whether I feel close to it or I'm struggling through life's obstacles. "Spirit" centers around the connectedness of this concept.
W 3.75" x H 4.5"
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.