JEMILA MACEWAN Myriad Wood-fired porcelain
Wood-fired porcelain
12" x 10" x 9"

Myriad's form references a seven-trunked bonsai tree that was cared for by seven successive generations.

The vessel is the result of 120 hours of woodfiring with the minerals in the burned wood forming the ash-glaze on the surface. Rather than treating the wood as a basic material for human consumption, MacEwan considers the personhood of each tree, cremated in the act of firing. The traditional function of the urn is inverted; instead of concealed within, the ash from many tree bodies are visible on the outside surface.