Gaza Savings Pot
The craft of pottery is one of the oldest traditional handcrafts in Palestine, with the same manual methods still being used today. Local clay is converted into tools for cooking, drinking and working. As the designer of this pot, the artist Mohammed Musallam, says: “In this way, the land and clay of my ancestors literally continues to live and remain in the Holy Land.”
Mohammed used to have a traditional clay pot for saving money, and so did his friends in Gaza. They would break them when the contents were needed. For Disarming Design, Mohammed remade this pot and decorated it. Besides the heritage and the local soil, the pot also tells a story about saving money for Gaza, which sadly has become an almost impossible situation, as much of the financial help that has been promised to Gaza hardly ever actually reaches most of the people.
- Mohammed Musallam (PS)
Mohammed Musallam was born in Gaza in 1974 after his family had been dislocated from the historic Palestine as a consequent of the 1948 war. He holds a PhD in philosophy of Fine Arts, Painting Department, Fine Arts College, Minia University, Egypt. He currently resides in Gaza and works there as a lecturer of “Painting and the History of Palestinian Arts” at the College of Arts, Al Aqsa University. From his first steps as a university student he became greatly influenced by the abstract art processes and approaches. In his Art, he focuses on portraying a range of humanistic issues, which go beyond the limitations imposed by any prevailing time-related matters, which may be oppressive and persistent simultaneously. At the same time, he concentrates on conveying the notion of the preservation of our humaneness amid the harshness of our environment as one of the most important reasons for our existence.
Produced in Gaza
Gaza clay pottery
5.5 x 12 x Ø 32 cm
Available on backorder