The Sublime Vessels



There is something deeply elemental about clay.  It is a primal substance, pulsating with ghosts of ancient makers, of hands that shaped forms and vessels, filled kilns and stoked furnaces.   Of creations immersed in the fire and heat transmuting wet earth into permanence. A sacred alchemy.

I first began making these vessels in Cairns, and now after a long period in Brisbane, have returned to them once again.  Raw, organic, sensual and strong, they have gestated across a time of intense personal change and transition and now these forms re-emerge, oozing with symbolism; containment, concealment, transformation, creation and birth.

Echoing with archetypal forms of the feminine, hints of the masculine, and traces of the  androdgyne,  I am struck as I write this how we lack in English a counterpart to phallic in word and concept.  Which says something about how we conceive material world, literally and metaphorically.  I spoke to a wise woman about this.  She is, amongst many things, a psychoanalyst and she pondered my observation.  Yonic, she offers.  Yes.  I guess some archetypes are so profound and encompassing they transcend everyday language even as they permeate the realm of symbol and myth.  Perhaps the  visual essence of the feminine is silent in language because she is powerful and mysterious and beautiful and terrifying with all her layers and hidden chambers, textures and rhythms.

These Sublime Vessels are hand built; strong, raw and heavy.  When I make them, their curves seem to develop their shapes intuitively,  forming spines, flowing across hidden chambers, exuding the rhythms of life.


Tanja Stark



Large vessels: approx. 36 x 22 x 20 cm     375.00  

Small vessels: approx.  17 x 10 x 7 cm          75.00

p: 0414 658 235

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