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Ceramic Button: The Doors of Tripoli Porcelain Button

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Lattice work seen above a doorway: this button is one of a series of buttons I created 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

You will find a door resembling this button.

I wrote the paragraph below when this button was first posted. Both women made it through, and much has changed since then. Many people think "winning" a war is the "success," but hunger and chaos often follow. My family, having fled Germany, witnessed the desperate conditions that followed on the heels of WWII, sending packages to relatives there, still not certain of their ultimate survival, at risk of violence and famine in a city 95% destroyed.

Libya should not be out of mind, and especially the women, who always bear the brunt of such events, throughout history. Keep them in mind...do what you can, whether letter writing or direct aid, or supporting those who do.

From earlier:

"Since the war began in Libya, she has not posted. Another woman, a mother & teacher like me, has also disappeared from view, since then. 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/2011/04/doors-of-tripoli-series.html)"


This is translucent porcelain. Porcelain is the nearest thing to glass...almost, but not quite. The colors glow and the finish has a satin luster.

Square buttons are a bit more unforgiving than round buttons and what makes translucent 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.

Ceramic Button: The Doors of Tripoli Porcelain Button


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