Blessings to the Owner (2006)In the tenth century, in Nishapur City, in the centre of present-day Iran, potters made extremely high-quality ceramic products. One such creation includes very impressive inscribed ceramics, mainly plates and bowls, which have fewer ornaments decorated with just one calligraphy phrase in the best position on each pot. Usually written in Arabic, these phrases would be a kind of blessing or good wishes for the owners.
I have made a bowl-shaped pot with Arabic inscription inspired by Nishapur’s pots and their technique. They used the slip pot technique which involves using a white slip on the red body of the pot. After the first round of baking, I inscribed a short phrase in the Kurdish language with manganese oxide and covered all parts of the pot with a transparent glaze. It was then baked to 980oC. I innovated new fonts to design the inscription which reads ”Blessing to whatever comes to the pot”.
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