This grey moon vessel, exquisitely crafted by Mariana Alzamora, features an extraordinarily tactile and organic surface texture. The perfect sphere is made all the more interesting with a subtle lip, and the weathered nature of the form attests to the work of the maker's hand and imbues the piece with character and warmth.
About the Artist
Mariana Alzamora is part of the Alzamora and Good family matriarchal trio, living and working in Majorca. The ancient and mythological tales that Mariana uses as source material for her ceramics and paintings are stories of female empowerment, a fitting motif for an artist who is surrounded by her closest female relatives.
What sets Mariana’s work apart is her meticulous craftsmanship. In her ceramic vases, she fashions vessels which transcend mere artistry. They are adorned with simple, large forms with pale whites, deep blacks and sandy browns, instilling a profound sense of wholeness in each piece. When coiling the clay, layer by layer to form her pieces, she likens it to the silver serpent from the Garden of Aluseo, a symbol of nature’s wisdom and vigour, seeking to evolve towards fulfilment. The coils of clay create an emptiness which Mariana deems more of a presence than the clay that defines this void. These vessels become more than just containers; they are gateways to infinite possibilities, harbouring a space for the deep-seated desire for fulfilment.
Mariana’s work invites viewers to embark on their own journey of self-discovery and empowerment. Her influences, processes and ultimately objects resonate deeply with the human spirit, offering a glimpse into the myths of the old and the infinite possibilities of the future.