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INNER SELF series - Vase 01. embryonic journey

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.



A spiraling red thread makes its way across this piece. It starts from an umbilical cord which links the object to the outside world, and keeps turning on itself until it’s  ready to move forwards, following the mountains and valleys of the journey, only to stop at another spiral, another chance to stop and grow stronger. All paths lead to our center as the loose thread enters the interior of the vase.

The most delicate piece of the exhibition, this small vase is shaped to evoke gentleness and innocence. Qualities of beginnings, a non-dual time when all journey is possible and everything is pure and simple. The path itself is contained by a vase, a symbol of nurture and blossom. A reminder of that optimistic stage when a creation begins.

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: Height 8,5cm / Base diameter 8,5cm


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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