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INNER SELF series - Sanctuary 02. behind the journey

artisan: Carol Cerâmica, slow ceramic artist from Rio de Janeiro, Brasil

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design: High temperature ceramic sanctuary. Carved white clay block mixed with mica stones. Cotton threads. Selenite Crystal. Lake stones. Beads.



A sacred object, it is at the sanctuary that prayers are raised and an intimate conversation with the divine within us is observed. A space for concentration, contemplation, and soul´s requests. Turning to the sanctuary everyday as a practice strengthens our faith, the journey´s anchor.

This piece is both an oratory and the portrait of this inner dialog. The red thread create roots, bringing us to matter where the grid - the daily routine - is inevitable. The pulsing red awakens the vital energy, the strength, the blood running through the walking body´s veins.
The crossed stone is perceived as an obstacle-blessing, an opportunity for pause, observation and teachings. Removing it from the way is always a choice. 
At the base rest fallen stones of learnings, turned into crystals over time. 
The beads, tiny and shinny, express the delicacy and simplicity awakened inside by silent prayers, in a beauty that is able to take us through the deepest valleys.

This sanctuary is an alive piece of art, created to interact with the user in its daily conversations with the divine.
This piece is part of a series:

INNER SELF  ~  things we go through X life as a journey
A collaboration between ceramic artist Carol from @carol.ceramica and artisan Clara from @casaluya. 

They say the deepest you go underwater, the more a feeling of peace and being at home emerges. But to get there you first need to travel through moments of despair, fear of the unknown and the urgent need to rise to the surface and get some air. 
Our inner journey follows a similar path, feelings and emotions are invisible, but pulse strongly in the darkness of our beings. A whole universe is moving and living a life of its own inside each one of us at all times, most specially during big life changes.

In an attempt to bring to matter that which we cannot see, touch or explain, we have turned to concepts and universal symbols used since ancestral times. The spiral is the journey of self development, turning in circles while ascending to higher levels. The labyrinth is the consciousness expanding, drawing energy from the source to take yet another turn. The yoni is the source of all power and creation, the sanctuary embraces it all as sacred. 

Evoking emotions, senses and insights, these pieces set our intention of understanding with our minds that which our hearts have known all along. An attempt of making inner processes tangible, these creations are our deep dive into the waters of life. 


care: Avoid interaction with harsh chemicals found in cleaning products. Scratches and user marks may occur. Also it’s completely natural for changes in color or spots occur over time. 


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