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Aneesa Ali

Glass and Ceramics | Class of 2020

My ceramic objects are a reflection and representation of my culture, heritage and religion. Islamic archetypes, henna patterns and floral designs are the main focus throughout my work. I engage with variations of pattern and use them to create complex ceramic pieces. I consider both traditional henna patterns and other more contemporary styles, which tend to take a more geometric approach.

I adopt a combination of different decorative techniques including print, engraving, cutting and slip-trailing to establish texture in order to create these intricate patterns. In addition, I am interested in other religions and consider social issues and stereotypes to break down barriers between faiths to create unity within humanity. Part of my process involves combining two factors you wouldn’t normally associate with each other, sometimes taking symbolism from my own religion and cultural background and placing it onto an object un-associated with it.

Using the skills and techniques I have learnt over the years I create pieces that show this context and narrative. Adopting these techniques, I created the piece ‘Harmony’, an installation consisting of 2 decorated church bells. I combined slip trailing and henna techniques on the surface to create a sense of unity between religions.

I use ceramics as an escape from the world and to project my ideas and thoughts into a piece. I am at my happiest with a bag of clay and some sculpting tools. The fact I can use my hands to make every mark and feel the clay through my fingers is what I love about the material. My wish is to continue using these materials, skills and techniques for the rest of my life.

Aneesa Ali, Glass and Ceramics, Title. Harmony render 1
Aneesa Ali, Glass and Ceramics, Title. Harmony digital render 2