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Elizabeth Eisenhauer Artist Info
I've traveled extensively and worked in a variety of craft mediums including: papercutting, bookbinding, printmaking, jewelerymaking, sewing/embroidery, kitchen witchery, etc...
Why handmade ceramics? I like the idea that ceramic objects can be both beautiful and useful. Sculpting and firing mud vessels is ancient practice, and is still relevant and resonant to this day and is still inherent to our society: brewing, storing, eating, drinking and viewing. For me, this bridges the gap between then and now, also between art and craft. The handmade object is more accessible than art hung in a gallery, a handmade cup, for example to be used for everyday consumption of a favorite beverage is an intimate example of art as daily ritual.
My collection of symbols reference the natural world and human nature. Specifically, the perplexing, contrived expectations of modern femininity and sexuality, and the resultant yearning of the hedge-witch for a return to (or at least a nod to the sacredness of) the honesty of primeval forces.
Some examples of symbols found in my work: Hops - natural chemical processes, reliable, traditional, slaking of thirst, grounding, bitterness, alewife - potion mistress Strawberry - fecundity, eroticism, juicy, yonic Antlers - horniness, manliness, virility Mushroom - phallic, poisonous yet can also be delicious, natural, innocent, woodsy, crops up anywhere after a rain and are easily broken Lace - expectation, tradition, women’s work, affectation, hides & reveals, suggestion Rabbit - pursuit, softness, sexuality, flight, fear, running