Ceramics for Sacred Spaces

Sacred Spaces was developed in response to my own need to explore how shape, colour, and texture can transform any space into a place of quiet contemplation, meditation, and calm. We live in a world where these kinds of spaces are becoming scarce both physically and mentally.

 

It is important to look inward to find that locus of calm and well being within ourselves and nurture our mental health by taking that time to find a space of significance to us. That space can be calm and cool or full of vibrant energy. What Sacred Space means to any one person is as diverse as humanity itself.

 

The unique handmade ceramic pieces designed for the Sacred Spaces series were created with this in mind and with the unifying theme of opening up a space for the self to breathe and find whatever it is that brings inner peace. This is reflected in the shape of the ceramic incense burner itself with its open area for air and light to pass through and mirror that space within. It presents an abstract shape that allows the mind to play with interpretations.

 

What Sacred Space means to you is as unique as you are. It could be a corner of the living room, the reception area of your office, your desk, the kitchen table, or an actual sacred space of an altar. Integral to the literal space is the mental space and the Sacred Spaces incense holders are created to bring mental space and literal space together to create a place of self care and nurturing for the soul.

Each unique pottery incense holder can hold both incense sticks, using the hole in the middle of the “flower”, and incense cones which sit nicely in the dish of the “flower” itself.

 

Each item in the Sacred Spaces product line has been designed by the artist (even-star Hancock) and each incense stick holder is made, fired, and glazed by the artist.

 

All of the incense holders are unique come with a certificate of authenticity that records the serial number of the item, the year it was made, and the signature of the artist.

 

These unique incense holders measure approximately 3 inches wide, 2 inches tall, and 1.5 inches deep. This makes them ideal for large and small spaces alike.

 

Every handmade incense burner is fired to over 1000 degrees Celsius, decorated with a variety of glazes and frits, and fired again to 999 degrees Celsius.

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Sakura Sea

This handmade ceramic incense holder is the founding product of the Sacred Spaces product line.

 

The name refers to the foamy play of light blues and greens with the underlying whiteness of the clay that breaks through like waves on the shore of a white sand beach.

 

It also references the delicate cherry blossom pink that graces the flower-like dish of the incense burner.

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Mystic Carnival

The name refers to the satin-like mottled blues that bloom and play over the main body of the piece like misty crystal formations.

 

It also references the glossy carnival of reds, blues, and yellows that graces the flower-like dish of the incense burner. This combination gives the piece a playful and mischievous energy.

 

Like a Ferris wheel lit up against and summer twilight sky.

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Lavender Joy

The name refers to the matte bright lavender colour that covers the main body of the piece and breaks pleasingly over the edges and carved accents.

 

It also references whirl of yellows, blues, greens, pinks and purples that grace the flower-like dish of the incense burner.

 

This piece is inspired by the summer garden full of the scent of lavender and the joy to be taken in all the amazing colours nature can produce.

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Lilac Spring

The name refers to the smokey lilac colour that covers the main body of the piece and breaks pleasingly over the carved accents.

 

It also references riot of pinks and blues that grace the flower-like dish of the incense burner. This piece is inspired by the spring time cottage garden and its unbridled joy in colour and life.

 

The subdued and dignified lilac tempers the unruly delphinium, lupin, and saxifrage.

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Blooming Savanna

The name refers to the spotted orange and ochre of the main body of the piece which refers to the wide open grasslands of sub-Saharan Africa and one of its most beautiful residents, the leopard.

 

The main flower-like dish sports a joyous mix of blues, oranges, yellow and greens in reference to the savanna after the rains come. This piece combines warmth and colour and is inspired by nature.

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Vintage Jade

The name refers to the almost matte jade green glaze that breaks into the carved detail of the incense burner.

 

It also references the delicate winter plum blossom pink that graces the flower-like dish of the incense burner.

 

It has a pleasing shine and speckle that lends texture and interest to the piece and contrasts beautifully with the weathered vintage patina of the main body of the incense holder.

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Primrose Path

The name refers to the beautiful creamy primrose yellow on the main body of the incense holder.

 

It is inspired by the first days of spring when primroses, cowslips, and daffodils peak through the deep mossy shadows of the woods.

 

The pale yellow is complemented by a bright dash off coloured frits.

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Winter Sky

The name refers to the very pale blue of the main body of the piece that is inspired by the mid-winter sky.

 

Accents of darker blues as well as shades of brown and mocha are meant to bring to mind a big winter sky over the brown fields and estuaries of eastern Essex.

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Twilight Rose

The name of this heirloom quality ceramic piece refers to the light pink of the main body which is inspired by the pink evening skies over the Thames estuary.

 

Pinks, purples, and blues combine to complete the effect of spring twilight and bring to mind frosty cottage gardens and delicate spring blooms.

Sacred Spaces Miniatures

Sacred Spaces miniatures embrace the same aesthetic and artistic sensibility as the regular sized ceramic incense holders in a compact size.

Where space (sacred or otherwise) may be at a premium, like a shallow powder room counter, small bedside stable or coffee table, these studio pottery incense burners will fit right in.

They are made in the same way and to the same quality standard as their bigger sisters and make a charming small gift.

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Vintage Jade

The name refers to the almost matte jade green glaze that breaks into the carved detail of the incense burner.

 

It also references the delicate winter plum blossom pink that graces the flower-like dish of the incense burner.

 

It has a pleasing shine and speckle that lends texture and interest to the piece and contrasts beautifully with the weathered vintage patina of the main body of the incense holder.

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Wild Poppy

The name refers to the dark green and bright red colours at play in this piece.

 

It is inspired by the wild poppies of the British countryside that appear in the summer in every field and by every roadside.

 

These bright and cheerful papery booms don't last once cut and this piece aims to bring this symbol of summer into your home.