neil celani ceramics
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Know, Intend, Create

My current body of work explores beauty within the framework of functional objects and communal offering vessels. I have worked toward cultivating a palate of surfaces and forms that distill and reflect my personal inspirations.  Geological phenomena and biological structures throughout the living world inform the form and surface of the work while ancient objects, historical pottery, and contemporary design are echoed with a comforting familiarity. I seek to communicate a desire to touch, hold, and use the pots, some of which are made and intended for daily ritual, while others are meant for ceremonial occasions or sacred spaces. Though all of the functional objects I create are ubiquitous in the domestic realm, I expand on the ideas using contemporary aesthetics with a nod to historical archetypes. In order to connect others on a deeper level I use the work as a means to tap into a primal spirit of life that we perhaps share with our ancient ancestors. A collective consciousness with the past that reveals meaning and personal value in my practice while synchronously connecting to a discerning audience.