Danielle Thiris — 'Learning To Think Like A Mountain' 2021
Danielle Thiris presents a collection of ceramic vessels referencing elements of prehistoric and ritual objects. Intrigued by pots featuring multiple vessel components, Thiris seeks to understand how these historic objects were made, what they were used for, and how and why they were co-joined? Through this body of work, Thiris reflects on themes of connection and togetherness and her dual Greek and Cypriot heritage.
"I was close to my Yiayia (Greek grandmother). She performed daily religious rituals, often involving sacred vessels. Witnessing these rituals has left an impression. As a result, I am drawn to ceremonial and historic objects and am interested in how the intent and values of the user become imbued within the object over time."
Danny Pistachio is the work of Naarm/Melbourne based ceramic artist Danielle Thiris. Influenced by her Cypriot and Greek Heritage her practice explores prehistoric vessels, ceremonial objects and nature (human, animal and plant). Thiris uses a South Australian terracotta clay and hand builds her pieces using a combination of traditional techniques, such as coiling, pinching and carving.
Thiris exhibited as part of NGV Melbourne Design Week, 2021 & 2022. She completed a Bachelor of Visual Arts at the University of South Australia and a Bachelor of Textile Design at RMIT.
Material: terracotta, bone china slip, Japanese sand, glaze
Dimensions: approx. 23.5cm x 19cm x 10cm