“And the cup he brings...has been fashioned of the clay which the potter has moistened with his own sacred tears.” ― Kahlil Gibran, The Prophet
I've always been fascinated by the intimacy a potter has with clay, and his or her ability to literally shape thoughts and emotions, giving form and purpose to otherwise undefined mass.
In 2009, at Chicago's Art and Antique Fair, I first encountered Valeria Nascimento's work. After enjoying a conversation with the owner of the gallery that represents her, I gained a true appreciation for this gifted artist:
"Nascimento was born in Brazil (1962) and spent her childhood on a farm, giving rise to an affection and fascination with natural forms that inspires her delicate, whisper-thin, white ceramics. Each piece is made from dozens or hundreds of hand-formed ceramic shapes which are combined into small or large, wall-spanning works that take months to assemble.
So thin as to resemble paper, their jagged edges and cool whiteness give the impression of hardness at first, but the creamy off-white and shadows cast inside the ceramic hollows instead give off a soft, comforting warmth." - Woolff Gallery, London
An artist gives away pieces of themselves as an offering to those who choose to appreciate their effort...it is the cup they bring. Nascimento's contribution consists of delicate beauty, a rare and remarkable gift.
Be inspired...shape your life.