Each Mouthless Mug is individually hand built using paper clay specifically for kiln firing. There are no molds. They may be similar, however, no two are alike.
The mugs stand approximately 3 inches high and wide. There are slight variations in size and color which add to the charm and the individuality of these one-of-a-kind pieces.
Each mug is unique with curious expressions and names crafted for connecting. Great for holding snacks, votives, jewelry, or whatever you please.
In Roman mythology, Janus, was the god of doors, gates, and transitions. Janus represented the middle ground between both concrete and abstract dualities such as life/death, beginning/end, youth/adulthood, rural/urban, war/peace, and barbarism/civilization.
All Janus totems are hand built, one of a kind, and wood kiln fired. All totems have two faces and subtle carvings within the body representing transitions, memories, and constant change.
Exploring the beauty in the imperfect. As a body-conscious society it can be a struggle to feel worthy of our outside appearance.
Acceptance of the self; self worth, and self love need to come from a deeper place within. Especially as we age, and see the body change.
In creating these dysmorphic vessels through scarring, scoring, texturing, layering of glaze, and stains, I’ve delved into a deeper intrigue of my own existential journey- from conception to my impending death.
I’ve found parallels that beauty exists from within the whole and not just the part - like clay, we are formed and molded as we move through different stages of growth both externally and internally.
I always loved that Billy Joel Song. For me it means that we all have unique personalities, that we wear different faces depending on the circumstance.
Masks can represent so many things: Emotions, The Good, The Bad, Fear, Love, Power, and Silliness. I love creating faces of all sizes. The subtleties in their faces reveal their individuality. The whimsy of the hair expresses owning that individuality while the faces are cautiously guarded.
These are wall-hanging or furniture-sitting masks that are one-of-a-kind.
Whimsical juice or espresso cups that hold about 4oz. of liquid. Hand-built with clay and decorated with layers of underglaze and glaze
Food safe and dishwasher safe
For as much as we plan and try to control the outcome, sometimes it’s the unintended reveal that surprises with delight.
Each bowl is one-of-a-kind using a variety of glaze and carving techniques.
These wonky bowls will hold chips, plants, or whatever your heart desires.
Michelle's art work is extraordinary. Her work is soulful. She seems to connect to spaces that are only apparent when you take a second and a third look at her art. Her work is one of a kind.
I love Michelle's wit and spontaneity in her art. Her colors are raw and vivid. There is a lot of excitement and drama in her paintings.
Michelle Spiziri’s expressionist paintings, self-labeled "emotionalism,” are complex works of art manifesting both a well-mastered craft honed over the years, and a spontaneity tapping into the deep layers of the unconscious.
Michelle has always been a creative being and it comes directly from her soul. Her work is intuitive and authentic. She is always an inspiration. Love her work.
Michelle is an amazingly talented and imaginative artist. I feel really lucky to have finally purchased a few of her works; a great investment!