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INNER SELF series - Sanctuary 01. heart by a thread

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

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design: High temperature ceramic box. Handbuilt white clay layered with white galze. Sisal Thread. Pink quartz crystal. Cotton Thread. Sorted Crystals.



A rose quartz is delicately attached to the center of this piece by a red ribbon, evoking a sense of that which is sacred needs to be kept apart and secure. Or is it trapped? How often do we create a wall between the sacred and the mundane, failing to realize the divine in all that is. The loose stones at the base of the sanctuary represent the balance between both aspects and the possibility for integration. When removed from the sancturary they can be used in life, while other sacred objects are placed there to be charged.

The immaculate white clay is brought to life by a pulsing red thread, while the rose quartz, known as the love stone, remind us that everything is sacred when it passes through our hearts.

Facing a strong, clear and minimalist piece of art, the viewer can perceive its universal symbols in many ways. A personal experience, evoking emotions and memories, this art’s intent is of self reflection - what is sacred to me, how do I praise it, where do I feel my prayer.

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. 


approximate dimensions: Length 8,5cm / Height 13,5cm / Width 5cm


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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