"Funeral urns in phallic forms were made to be placed in the tomb of their deceased amongst personal effects such as arrowheads, lances, clothing, teeth and bones. Some are very tall (80 centimeters) and are topped off with small heads giving them a Giacometti-like aspect. Then, a « baura » was put on the tomb with its opening looking the skies, exactly like our tombstones or burial plaques.
These were accompanied by pots, other urns and heads representing family members of the deceased, all in terra cotta. The Bura Asinda-Sikka heads are generally completely flat, and are characterized by their great simplicity and, in the majority of the cases, are decorated with raised bumps running the length of the piece."
From memoire d'Afrique: http://www.memoiredafrique.com/en/bura/histoire.php
I really like the simple and characterful designs of these anthropomorphic pots. Many of the sculptures are quite cheerful and clearly meant to represent living, breathing individuals, whilst others are more sombre and ominous-looking, with designs which verge on the abstract.
I was inspired to make some small sculptures which can be turned upside down and used as cups:
|Small beakers (unfired)|
|Small sculpture/beaker with ash glaze|
The large piece below I made a few days ago in three sections. It was partly thrown, partly coiled and once leatherhard, I decorated it by smearing and pouring slips onto the surface.
|Lidded vessel (unfired), approx 15 inches tall|
The weather has been pretty miserable the last week or so, and it's freezing cold in my workspace at the moment. Hence I nip inside to warm up with a coffee for five minutes and it turns into half an hour of sitting at the PC, blog-writing. I think this is called classic avoidance behaviour..