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Sawadogo, Cilia

I work on the lathe for functional tableware, and in shaping for larger pieces and masks. My functional pieces are made of gray clay glazed in neutral colors such as white and slate blue. This allows me to emphasize the engravings I make on certain pieces. I like to draw landscape scenes or abstract sketches on my serving bowls and trays. My drawings are mostly inspired by life experiences. For example, my PERU dinnerware series bears illustrations inspired by the landscapes of the Inca Valley, and my trays sometimes have abstract designs inspired by traditional West African ornaments or the natural curves and colors found in nature. My masks are influenced by West African aesthetics.

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