Mazandi’s visually engrossing, intricate, and mysterious ceremonial vessels seem simultaneously ancient and futuristic, mechanical and natural – equally referencing toothy cogs, skeletons, and the geometric patterning of some ancient civilization. These complex forms initially were divined from thrown ceramic vessels, with manual cuts and bends in the pliable material resulting in rhythmic objects –fragile but potent ceremonial vessels. They are often presented monochromatically, emphasizing the organic and elemental and clarifying the complex forms. While the patterns are based on mathematical principles, they are not simply systematic as the hand of the artist always intervenes, pulling, carving, finishing and layering.
Just as with Mazandi’s flowers, the ceremonial vessels are each unique, wheel-thrown by hand in a single piece with the pulled flanges being carved in a subtractive (not additive) technique. They are about holding space in ceremonies - they are meant to occupy the negative space between - to celebrate the gaps and spaces between us.