My favorite cup in the Cup Exhibit at the Society of Arts and Crafts was one by Sanam Emami.
Sanam Emami, it turns out, was the curator of the last cup show at SAC. She has a beautiful website and this is where I found out more about her and her ceramics.
She says: “My pots and tiles are made with a specific intent – a function. Plates, cups and tiles are ubiquitous, recognizable. The vases and their multiple spouts are curious when empty, when filled with flowers their function is revealed. The tile is a background or canvas. The cup provides a counterpoint – the curves and movement of the form interact with the surface pattern and imagery. The parameters of the functional pot simultaneously create boundaries and endless possibilities.
Ideas come from different places; a book, a conversation or a glimpse of something familiar like a favorite historical pot that can seem new, as if seen for the first time. The studio space is where the concepts and inspiration take shape and become tangible and dimensional. The concept of unity with variety is important. For example, combining soft marks and volumes with crisp edges and lines. I am interested in creating contrasting gestures that can coexist within a pot or a tile through mark making, symmetry and repeated patterns.”
a mug by Sanam Emami using some of the design elements as seen on the SAC mug.
a pitcher that shares the flower and leaf imagery found on the SAC cup but in an entirely different manner
detail of the SAC cup with partially glazed handle, multiple layers of surface decoration, and free floating foliage.
I was in fact so taken by her work that I emailed her to tell her how much I loved her work. Please visit Sanam’s website here where you can subscribe to her newsletter.
Interested in more cups? click here, here and here for past blogs on this subject.
Pottery and Food and Drink for a delightful start to Valentine’s Day:
Pottery: Handmade Mugs – one for each of you
Drink: Cafe Au Lait for 2
1. Brew coffee.
2. Warm milk or cream.
3. Add coffee and warm dairy to your mug in equal parts simultaneously.
4. Add sweetener of your choice (if desired).
Food: A slice of whole wheat bread, toasted with peanut butter. A colorful plate of sliced fruit to share (try cantaloupe and melon in the winter, berries in the summer).
Fill your mugs and toast to each other! Happy Valentine’s Day!
My one of a kind wheel thrown mug sets are currently for sale at the Dedham Square Artist Guild.
“A Table Shared”, the theme for this Potters Place show and sale, conjured up the conversations we share at our family table based on the answers to “What did you do today?” This sugar and creamer set was created after a trip with my husband to the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston and a tour of the new American wing.
Inspiration for the carved pattern came from this inlaid piece of furniture. It is one of the pieces in the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston’s New Wing for Art of the Americas. “The new wing takes a global perspective on Art of the Americas, showcasing more than 5,000 works of art produced in North, Central, and South America over the course of three millennia. Art in all media will be arranged chronologically on four floors. The wing’s 53 brand-new galleries include nine beautiful period rooms and four Behind the Scenes galleries to enhance the way visitors experience and interact with the collection.”
The lidded sugar bowl and hand built spoon.
The carved oval tray
The wheel thrown carved pitcher. This little gem holds about a cup of cream (8oz).
Together they make a beautiful set that celebrates the memory of traveling from home and bringing conversation back to the family table to enrich others with the knowledge. The family table is a place where one can share, learn and connect.