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Moroccan Decorative Cat Sculpture Handbuilt and Handpainted by Potter Houda

$86.46per item


- Hand built decorative cat sculpture - big format - made of clay collected from the potter's surroundings. - decorative motifs painted with a goat hair brush made by the potter to apply natural pigments. - made in the Moroccan Rif mountains by Houda. Approximate measurements: 6.3 x 2.4 x 4.7 in / 16 x 6 x 12 cm Handmade : Variation is to be expected, each piece differs in color, size, shape and decorations due to its handmade nature and natural pigments. Memòri is about simplicity, imperfections, and embracing the "flaws". Each piece is fired in an open fire, which makes unexpected and surprising results, including smoke marks on some pieces. This means that each piece is one of a kind and cannot be duplicated. Care instructions: The ceramics are not glazed. We advise you to keep it as a decorative object if you want to conserve the original aspect. About the savoir-faire, the modeled pottery The potters of northern Morocco perpetuate the ancient art of modeled pottery, which first appeared around 6,000 BC. The techniques and patterns used today are very close to those of their origins. This ancestral know-how, which has disappeared around the Mediterranean, still lives in the pre-Rif. Today, these potters are the guardians of this ancient art. The modeled pottery according to the ancestral art of Primitive firing depends on the weather, the women potters make their pieces and then fire them in an open fire for more than 12 hours. Depending on the tribe, the potter prepares an open fire or a dug hole - a pit oven -, and covers it with wood and shavings. It requires a slow combustion below 1000 degrees Celsius. At each step of the process, the materials used are natural and come from the potter’s surroundings; the clay and grog dug from the earth, mineral pigments for painting. The Primitive firing technique leads to unpredictable and unexpectedly beautiful results, including the appearance of fire marks on certain parts. About the artisan Houda started working as a potter in order to help her parents who just bought land. Her two sisters assist her in her job, helping her pick up clay in the mountains and cow dung to prepare the fuel for the in-ground kiln. She likes to mix tradition and modernity, combining the motives of her tribe with new shapes and designs.


  • Dimensions
    Height: 4.7 in. (11.94 cm)Width: 2.4 in. (6.1 cm)Depth: 6.3 in. (16.01 cm)
  • Style
    Folk Art (In the Style Of)
  • Materials and Techniques
  • Place of Origin
  • Period
  • Date of Manufacture
  • Production Type
    New & Custom(Current Production)
  • Estimated Production Time
    3-4 weeks
  • Condition
  • Seller Location
    Marseille, FR
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU5717225092432

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About the Maker

Memòri Studio

memòri studio is an ode to remarkable traditions and to a craftsmanship anchored in a particular territory. It aims at reviving a collective memory, making memories vibrant again. memòri is a studio where different artisanal disciplines meet up in order to continually question their craft and its transmission. For all its creations, memòri integrates a sustainable approach to fabrication and production. memòri is a small-scale artisanal studio, producing only very limited quantities and ensuring positive social and environmental impacts, using only natural raw materials, naturally dyed, or antiques natural fabrics. For its homeware creations, memòri celebrates and promotes the ancestral skills of Moroccan craftswomen, specifically weavers from the Anti-Atlas and potters from the Rif region in the north of the country. All the pieces are handmade according to the art of ancestral techniques and using only natural local raw materials. Each piece is unique and respects a craftsmanship practice throughout the creation process.
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