Dimensions: 12 x 8 x 7″
This coiled vase has a worn aesthetic with two of the handles implying continuous use as a water carrying vessel. A smooth, glossy rim gives the appearance of a wet rim. Aquarius in the zodiac is a water-bearer symbol. My youngest son is born within this sign, and human history has a long trajectory of carrying water for survival. In modern society, we still carry water (in the form of water bottles) for hydration. Living in the desert has reminded me how vital water is as a resource to grow food and to sustain human life.
I use the term “pottery” instead of “ceramics,” to describe my work, as the term conjures handmade, more ancient methods of clay work rather than modern or more refined techniques. I want to celebrate the human touch on the clay, and as such, my pottery has an intentionality in the imperfections. Since I have launched my work as a potter after my 2016 name change, this is the ONLY medium that is signed “ND” on the bottom of the work, to honor my legal name Nkechi Diallo. My fine art career in painting, drawing, cut paper, and sculpture began in my teens, and I continue to sign my birth name Rachel Dolezal, or “RD” for those bodies of work, for continuity purposes. Each piece of pottery is hand made, dried, fired, glazed, and re-fired at cone10, which is the hottest kiln. The glazes chosen are food-safe, and these pieces may be used in the oven, microwave, fridge or freezer safely.