In my ceramic work, I explore patterns, repetition, and sacred geometry inspired by the fashion, henna art, and architecture found in Islamic and Middle Eastern societies. I’m intrigued by the idea of concealing and revealing these elements throughout my vessels and surprising the viewers with intricate details. The idea of veiling fascinates me because of my deep connection to my faith and especially my hijab, the headdress I choose to wear everyday.
I manipulate slabs of porcelain clay into decorative, utilitarian objects and employ decorating techniques to create texture and pattern. Through hand building my wares, I am able to slow down and consider the folds, curves, and movement in each piece as I reference the layers of fabric in Islamic feminine attire.
In addition to hand building my work, I also utilize plaster molds for slip casting to create multiples of the same piece. I recently began painting with underglazes and slips inside of the plaster mold which is then transferred onto the piece after the mold is poured with the liquified clay. I find this process to be mysterious and exciting because once the piece is dry enough I open the mold to reveal the intricate and sometimes colorful piece inside.
As a henna tattoo artist, I incorporate designs and methods used from the ancient beautification process of henna application on my work. I utilize a liner bottle with a fine tip which is filled with liquified clay and freehand the designs onto my work to mimic the effect of the raised texture of henna. Henna is temporary on the body but using the same application method on clay I am able to make it last.
Meant for daily use or special occasions, my intimate ceramic vessels strike a conversation with the users as they touch, discover, and interact with the elements of a piece just as they would when discovering a culture.