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Sabali = Patience

'Sabali' is used in Mali in the Bambara Language. Bambara Dialect is a language spoken by the Malian as the first and second language. Sabali means 'Patience'. Patience is the quality of being patient, as the bearing of provocation, annoyance, misfortune, or pain, without complaint, loss of temper, irritation, or the like. An ability or willingness to suppress restlessness or annoyance when confronted with delay: to have patience with a slow learner. Who else experiences difficulty with patience? I know I do, which is why I chose this name for our creative process, as it requires the utmost patience.

It's commonly known from a song called "Patience" by Damien Marley, and Nas. Sabali means "patience". There's a whole phrase that is said in the song's hook, and it goes "Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, yonkontê Sabali, Sabali, Sabali, kiye Ni kêra môgô". The whole phrase means "Patience, Patience, Patience, it's what the world is about. Patience, Patience, Patience, let's all join souls".

We are artists of many facets, however we have a deep love and passion for clay, porcelain, and ceramic art. The four types of clay are Earthenware clay, Stoneware clay, Ball clay, and Porcelain. A ceramic material is an inorganic, non-metallic, often crystalline oxide, nitride or carbide material. Some elements, such as carbon or silicon, may be considered ceramics. Ceramic materials are brittle, hard, strong in compression, and weak in shearing and tension.

Porcelain is technically a specialized type of ceramic. The clays used to make porcelain have a higher density and are fired longer at a higher temperature than ceramic. Porcelain will allow bright light to pass through it. The downfall of hard porcelain is despite its strength it chips fairly easily and is tinged naturally with blue or grey. It is fired at a much higher temperature than soft-paste porcelain and therefore is more difficult and expensive to produce.

There are different techniques utilized in creating ceramic artwork, two of those are "Throwing" + "Hand Building". Throwing and hand building are both methods by which you create items out of clay. You can create almost anything imaginable in clay but before you start making you need to decide the best way to build it. Throwing and hand building both have benefits that the other doesn’t, and both have advantages too.

Throwing and hand building are at the core of all studio ceramics techniques. Through skill and imagination, some of the most talented artists and craftsmen can take these basic techniques and produce extremely creative works of art. When people talk about throwing pottery, they generally mean the process from the time the clay touches the wheel to the time the wheel is stopped. In this more general (and most commonly used) sense, throwing is the entire activity of shaping the clay on the potter's wheel. The wheel may also be used during the process of trimming the excess body from dried ware, and for applying incised decoration or rings of color.

Hand building is an ancient pottery-making technique that involves creating forms without a pottery wheel, using the hands, fingers, and simple tools. The three basic techniques of hand building are pinch, coil and slab construction. They can be used individually or combined together to suit your whims. We utilize both techniques, but we prefer hand building, as it creates a more rustic feel to the piece.

Art, in its broadest sense, is a form of communication. It means whatever the artist intends it to mean, and this meaning is shaped by the materials, techniques, and forms it makes use of, as well as the ideas and feelings it creates in its viewers . Art is an act of expressing feelings, thoughts, and observations.

We love creating in many various mediums, however the inspiration of nature really shines through in our ceramics. Using our hands to craft each individual piece. They are infused with love and imagination. Check out our Poetic Ceramic Collection, a harmonic marriage of written word and molded porcelain!


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