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Porcelain Button: Red & Amber Square

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This button belongs to a series referencing photographer Hibo's photographs of The Old Doors of Tripoli. You can find her work on FaceBook here: http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=175864&id=213685350913

During the war in Libya, there were no posts. Another woman, a mother & teacher like me, also disappeared from view. When Iman al-Obeidi broke the silence, she also broke mine. I had no words; I had to speak through my hands and images. The buttons in this series are the result. (You can read more about the process here: http://vikasart.blogspot.com/)


This is translucent porcelain. Porcelain is the nearest thing to glass...almost, but not quite. The light shines through this beautiful piece. The surface references the old red doors and walls of Tripoli.

Square buttons are a bit more unforgiving than round buttons and what makes porcelain wonderful, also makes it harder to work with. I have to be careful of warping, watch out for neat corners, and be aware that every small action leaves a lasting imprint.

I fire these buttons draped over small forms. I did not want them to take on the flat, uninteresting shape of a kiln shelf. Each translucent porcelain button has some curving to it-- some a little more...some less; it makes the surface more dynamic.

Approximately 1-7/16"

Clean smooth and signed on the reverse.

Completed in one firing, reducing the fuel normally used to make ceramic items.

All of my buttons are individually handmade, without molds. There are subtle variations in shape, color and design, befitting handmade work.

Porcelain Button: Red & Amber Square


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