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INNER SELF series - Vase 02. the wound is where the light enters

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

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design: High temperature ceramic vase. Coil handbuilt white clay layered with white glaze. Cotton threads.



If the vase is a body, how many holes pass through it as life unrolls? An open body, however, is possibility for light to enter the darkest spaces. It is through the holes that new ideas emerge, new cycles, lives and flowers. The body-vase follows its paths towards the surface, where it finds blooded red lines, vital energy, nourishment. Its shape resembles a heart and its arteries, not unintentionally. The vase becomes the guardian of our essence, our wounds, pleasures and pains. The punctured vase-body trows light in darkness, shines the underground, sprouts new life, prays love into all gaps.

For our exhibition, we filled some of the holes with small eucalyptus branches, a plant that represents the division of the underworld, earth and heaven. By interacting with this piece, you can choose different plants that set your current intention. As all other pieces in this series, this object offers the viewer the possibility of projecting on it its own meanings and processes. Facing universal format, colors and movements, the piece urges reflection, opens space for emotions to rise giving new meaning to the piece at every time it is seen.

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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