We're extremely pleased to bring in Diana Welch for this years Feliz Sale ~ Her resume is filled with beautiful and generous creative acts, and her ceramic collection is soft, utilitarian and feminine. We ask her to take us behind the inspiration of an object she creates:
THE ROSE INCENSE HOLDER by MOTHER OF GOD
A year ago, when I first started making ceramics, my good friend Tamara Becerra Valdez of Folklorica asked me to collaborate on an incense burner for her booth at the winter Feliz sale. In the weeks leading up to the sale, we spent a lot of time in my studio, messing around with variations on the traditional design of a small bowl resting on three little legs, and settled on a beautiful, limited edition charcoal incense burner that updated the ancient design.
While we were spending time together in the studio, Tam taught me how to hand form roses out of terra cotta, something that she did as a sort of meditative practice. I also approach ceramics as a form meditation, so I was immediately enamored with the process of making these little flowers. It's really calming to press the little petals of clay into shape and so rewarding to create something so sweet and beautiful.
A couple months ago, I began to play around with the idea of utilizing the shape as an object for ritual, which is the focus of Mother of God. It took me a little while to figure it out, but eventually the Rose Incense Holder took shape. I love the way the stick incense seems to hover in the middle of the flower, and the larger shape allows the petals to catch the ash as it falls. The meditative practice is still there in the process for me, and now people can use the flowers in their intentional practices if they choose to.
Plus, I think of my friend every time I make them, which adds even more sweetness to a really lovely process.
MOTHER OF GOD ceramics are objects for ritual, made with devotion.
Even the simplest acts can be infused with meaning if we allow it. Whether it's lighting a flame to conjure smoke, arranging fresh flowers to invite beauty, or watering a plant to encourage growth, our lives are filled with opportunities to set intentions and shift our perspectives.
Drawing from the ancient wisdom of the craft, the meditation of the circle, and the primal connection of hand to clay, MOTHER OF GOD is an evolving exploration of form and function. It is a practice of patience and letting-go, of staying in the beginner's mind, creating from a place where the surprise of making is still fresh and unexpected lessons are learned.
MOTHER OF GOD ceramics are all handmade by Diana Welch in Austin, Texas. Prior to starting this practice, she co-authored the award-winning memoir The Kids are All Right, founded the international arts and culture magazine Transgressor Magazine, and was a member of the band sssstormshelterrrr.