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New Alfred
Alumni and Faculty Work from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University

August 11 - September 2, 2007



"My pottery focuses on the potential of function, ornament and pattern to interact and blur the line between historical conventions and contemporary life. The primary sources of inspiration in my pots are derived from patterns in Iranian and Islamic art and architecture. These patterns are based on elaborate geometric interpretations of nature that when broken down and taken apart are often comprised of simple shapes such as the square, the circle and the triangle. Elements of floral motifs and architectural drawings appear alongside the Islamic patterns, and imbue the work with an imagined sense of time and place. The layers of colors and imagery are drawn from different cultures and time periods. The attempt to harmonize seemingly disparate elements results in pots that feel familiar and eccentric.

I am interested in the opportunity for individual inquiry and innovation within these general and accessible frameworks. The juxtaposition of ideas and images, east and west, old and new are revealed through the functional pot and reflect my own history of moving through cultures and continents."
Sanam Emami

Tulip Vase & Dish
10 x 8 x 8 in.  

Small Pitcher & Dish
5 x 6 x 6 in.  

4 x 5 x 3 in.  

Serving Dish
4.5 x 8 x 8 in.