These vessels are slowly and lovingly created from recycled paper, before being transformed with texture, ethereal painted surfaces, script and gold leaf.
‘Let your light shine into all the world’
The Japanese have an old tradition of mending broken pottery with gold. I’ve sought to personify this tradition as part of the inspiration for the theme ‘Redeemed Vessels’.
The gold is actually stronger and of higher value than the pottery itself, so I’d say the final piece has become all the more precious on every level because of the mending. What might have been discarded, has instead had care and attention poured into it whilst being uniquely transformed and made whole – a new creation in fact. I like the reminder that a precious strength and beauty can come out of the broken places in our lives. Each of us carry rich experiences of joy and sorrow, and allowing our true selves to be seen as well as sharing the restorative journey, reveals an authentic shining glory we can all connect with.
I often use gold in my work representing the presence of God’s Love, so I’m really flowing with this theme as I’ve received so much inner healing and transformation in my own life. I think it’s amazing that nothing in our lives is wasted when put into the Creator’s hands… then we truly are redeemed vessels!
‘We hold great treasure in brokenness’
‘Strength and beauty in the broken places’