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Studio B25
Minneapolis, MN 55413
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My work as an artist explores the voices of curios and collectibles, the lost artifact, or forgotten story, the consumable good or souvenir, each with their own history and use, each with their own significance and association, yet each imbued with the potential to say more. My work seeks to carry the multiplicity of references and indications of their original voice, their affective promise and disclosure and to develop a grammar of objects; to gather the fragments and fractures, the disruptions and denials of our world; the glimmering hope, resilience and renewal, and to discover the threads that bind local to global, personal to universal, to narrate my small piece of truth and weave it into this map of our making.

While much of my work is object-based in its inception and seeks to discover new ways to speak beyond the original voice of the object, it also endeavors to reach into the affective modes of perception, and how our interactions are not simply cognitive and cerebral, but also deeply rooted in our emotive and physiological selves. Frequently this calls for the creation of larger scale installations in order to charge the work with a multiplicity of evocative possibilities, to move the work from the call of the singular or the messy chatter of the many into the realm of a developing language of historical, spatial and temporal intersections.

 

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Gramma Soup Can Mugs

  • Handmade and slip-casted wth porcelain modeled after a common soup can
  • Tall & Skinny Mug Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (6 1/2 x 6 1/2 x 12 cm)
  • Short & Chubby Mug Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 4 in.

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Vintage Victorian Red Rose – Takeaway Dinnerware

What I find interesting about the rose motif is how we always have this special set of dinner ware, fine china etc., that is set aside for the gatherings of guests and family on special occasions, and it so often seems to have roses as the motif. It somehow seems to ask you to pay attention, to truly attend to the event at hand: this gathering of family and friends is significant, centered on the food and fruits of our labor, and represents the nourishment of our humanity, that all of our stories get told at the table.

Yet on the other side of this, is the much more common sight these days of TV dinners, rushed down, food on the go, disposable containers, the ready-made snack in a tidy little package with a compartment for six crackers and two cubes of cheese. In a sense this is the antithesis of the gathering to share who we are, what we dare to dream.

My idea with this series was to take the disposable containers of the ready-made and turn them on their heads: to make them in porcelain and decorate them with roses, as both a tongue-in cheek spoof, as well as a serious entreaty to ask us to slow down just a little and to attend to what matters. So it’s kind of a sly joke with a sweet plea tucked inside.

  • Handmade and slip-cast with porcelain.
  • Modeled after common disposable take-out containers and soup cans & decorated with fine china vintage rose decals.
  • Large Dinner Plate Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 8 1/2 x 2 in. (21 x 21 x 5 cm)
  • Small Salad Plate Dimensions: 5 x 5 x 1 3/4 in. (12 x 12 x 4.5 cm)
  • Tall & Skinny Mug Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 2 1/2 x 4 3/4 in. (6.5  x 6.5 x 12 cm)
  • Fat & Chubby Mug Dimensions: 3 1/2 x 3 1/2 x 4 in. (9 x 9 x 10 cm)
  • Dishwasher & microwave safe

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Gramma Doily Dinnerware- set of 5

– Handmade ceramic porcelain dishes with colbat blue glaze
– Dishwasher & microwave safe
– The set contains:

  • 1 dinner plate, approx. 9” x 9” x 1”
  • 1 salad plate, approx. 7.5” x 7.5” x 1 1/4”
  • 1 side plate, approx. 7” x 7” x 1”
  • 1 bowl, approx. 4” x 4” x 1”
  • 1 deep serving dish/bowl, approx. 10” x 10” x 2.5”

These plates are handmade and hand-glazed and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

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Persian Tile Dishes- set of 4

  • Handmade ceramic porcelain serving trays with turquouise glaze
  • The set contains 2 star shaped dishes & 2 cross shaped dishes
  • Dishwasher & microwave safe
  • These plates are handmade and hand-glazed and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and will not look exactly like the photo.

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Persian Tile Deep Dishes- set of 2

  • Handmade ceramic porcelain serving trays with turquouise glaze
  • The set contains 1 star shaped dish & 1 cross shaped dish
  • Approx. 10″ x 10″ x 2″
  • Dishwasher & microwave safe
  • These plates are handmade and hand-glazed and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

This item is available for pickup.

Birdies Serving Bowls- set of 4

– Handmade ceramic porcelain bowls with 18k gold luster overglaze and underglaze handpainting
– Dishwasher safe
– Ships within 1 week (United States) 2-3 weeks (Worldwide)
– The set contains:

  • 1 large serving bowl with red gold fishes and golden birds, approx. 9” x 9” x 1.5”
  • 1 triple serivng bowl, approx. 9” x 9” x 1 1/4”
  • 1 double serving bowl, approx. 9 1/4” x 4.5” x 1”
  • 1 single and small serving bowl, approx. 4.5” x 4.5” x 1”

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Nostalgic Magnets – Morning/Evening Snacks

These fridge magnets are handmade triple kiln-fired with porcelain clay & hand brushed with underglaze colorants and 18k gold luster. They have magnets on their back and ready to stick to your fridge or any metal surfaces.

The set contains:

  • 1 Pak Milk Bottle
  • 1 Madar Biscuit
  • 1 Naseri-Kamarbarik Tea

– Approx. less than 4”

* Note that these pieces are handmade without use of production molds and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

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Nostalgic Magnets – Essentials

These 4 fridge magnets are handmade with porcelain clay & hand brushed with glaze colorants and 18k gold luster. They have magnets on their back and ready to stick to your fridge or any metal surfaces.

The set contains:

  • 1 Bahman Cigarette Pack
  • 1 Topoli Sos Ketchup
  • 1 AbAli Doogh Bottle
  • 1 Barbari Noon

Ships within 1 week (United States) 2-3 weeks (Worldwide)
Approx. less than 3”

* Note that these pieces are handmade without use of production molds and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

This item is available for pickup.

Nostalgic Magnets – Grocery Run

These 7 fridge magnets are handmade with porcelain clay & hand brushed with glaze colorants and 18k gold luster. They have magnets on their back and ready to stick to your fridge or any metal surfaces.

The set contains:

  • 1 Bahman Cigarette Pack
  • 1 Topoli Sos Ketchup
  • 1 AbAli Doogh Bottle
  • 1 Barbari Noon
  • 1 Pak Milk Bottle
  • 1 Madar Biscuit
  • 1 Naseri-Kamarbarik Tea

Ships within 1 week (United States) 2-3 weeks (Worldwide)
Approx. less than 4”

* Note that these pieces are handmade without use of production molds and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

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Nostalgic Magnets – This Side/ That Side

These fridge magnets are handmade triple kiln-fired with porcelain clay & hand brushed with underglaze colorants and 18k gold luster. They have magnets on their back and ready to stick to your fridge or any metal surfaces.

The set contains 9 magnets:

  • Man o To (1 queen, 1 king, 1 American house) *If ordering a set, please specify in your message if you like to recieve 2 queens or 2 kings instead of the default.
  • Nowrouz  (1 Irooni house, 1 hoz e mahi, 1 sabzeh)
  • Yalda (1 pomegranate, 1 watermelon, 1 Bahman cigarrete pack)

– Approx. less than 4”

* Note that these pieces are handmade without use of production molds and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

This item is available for pickup.

Cocktail or Nowruz Dish I

  • Compact Haft-seen dish with built-in fish pond
  • 12″ x 12″ x 1″ (30 x 30 x 2.5 cm)
  • Handmade with earthenware clay
  • Dishwasher & microwave safe
  • These plates are handmade and hand-glazed and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and will not look exactly like the photo.

This item is available for pickup.

Cocktail or Nowruz Dish II

  • Compact Haft-seen dish with built-in fish pond
  • 12″ x 12″ x 1″ (30 x 30 x 2.5 cm)
  • Handmade with earthenware clay
  • Dishwasher & microwave safe
  • These plates are handmade and hand-glazed and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and will not look exactly like the photo.

This item is available for pickup.

Cocktail or Nowruz Dish III

  • Compact Haft-seen dish with built-in fish pond
  • Plus 4 small square bowls
  • 12″ x 16″ x 8″ (30 x 41 x 20 cm)
  • Handmade with earthenware clay
  • Microwave & Dishwasher safe

This item is available for pickup.

Cocktail or Nowruz Dish IV

  • Compact mini Haft-seen dish with built-in fish pond
  • 4 3/4″ x 4 3/4″ x 1/2″
  • Handmade with earthenware clay
  • Dishwasher & microwave safe
  • These plates are handmade and hand-glazed and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and will not look exactly like the photo.

This item is available for pickup.

Cocktail or Nowruz Dish V

This compact Haft-seen or cocktail dish is inspired by the entry of traditional Iranian architecture of homes, gardens and palaces, and has as a little fish pond as a companion piece.

The entry dish can be placed vertically to create the scene of a home or garden with the pond in front, or both can be used together as dishes to set the Nowruz table.

  • Handmade with earthenware clay & hand brushed colorants under a clear glaze
  • Dishwasher & microwave safe
  • Approx. dimensions of doorway: 11” x 7” x 2”
  • Approx. dimensions of pond: 6 3/4” x 6 3/4” x 1/2”

These pieces are handmade and hand-glazed and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

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Nose Vase-Planter I

“My nose is Gargantuan! You little Pig-snout, you tiny Monkey-Nostrils, you virtually invisible Pekinese-Puss, don’t you realize that a nose like mine is both scepter and orb, a monument to my superiority? A great nose is the banner of a great man, a generous heart, a towering spirit, an expansive soul–such as I unmistakably am, and such as you dare not to dream of being, with your bilious weasel’s eyes and no nose to keep them apart! With your face as lacking in all distinction–as lacking, I say, in interest, as lacking in pride, in imagination, in honesty, in lyricism–in a word, as lacking in nose as that other offensively bland expanse at the opposite end of your cringing spine–which I now remove from my sight by stringent application of my boot!”
― Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

  • Approximately 6” x 8” x 9”
  • These vases or planters are for inside plants and don’t have a drain hole a.k.a “pee-hole” 🙂
  • Handmade with stoneware clay & stained with iron oxide (twice fired)
  • Ships within 1 week (United States) 2-3 weeks (Worldwide)

These noses are handmade without the use of plaster molds and each nose will end up with it’s own unique character. With that in mind, please embrace these as handmade and full with delightful unpredictabilities and subtle expressive variations.

This item is available for pickup.

Nose Vase-Planter II

“My nose is Gargantuan! You little Pig-snout, you tiny Monkey-Nostrils, you virtually invisible Pekinese-Puss, don’t you realize that a nose like mine is both scepter and orb, a monument to my superiority? A great nose is the banner of a great man, a generous heart, a towering spirit, an expansive soul–such as I unmistakably am, and such as you dare not to dream of being, with your bilious weasel’s eyes and no nose to keep them apart! With your face as lacking in all distinction–as lacking, I say, in interest, as lacking in pride, in imagination, in honesty, in lyricism–in a word, as lacking in nose as that other offensively bland expanse at the opposite end of your cringing spine–which I now remove from my sight by stringent application of my boot!”
― Edmond Rostand, Cyrano de Bergerac

  • Approximately 8” x 11” x 9”
  • These vases or planters are for inside plants and don’t have a drain hole a.k.a “pee-hole” 🙂
  • Handmade with stoneware clay & stained with iron oxide (twice fired)
  • Ships within 1 week (United States) 2-3 weeks (Worldwide)

These noses are handmade without the use of plaster molds and each nose will end up with it’s own unique character. With that in mind, please embrace these as handmade and full with delightful unpredictabilities and subtle expressive variations.

This item is available for pickup.

Christmas/Yalda Tree Ornaments

This pack of Christmas | Yalda | Nowruz ornaments consist of 8 pieces that interchangeably can be used as tree ornaments or pendants.

– Handmade in porcelain and handpainted with underglaze colorants and 18k gold luster
– Approx. 2″ x 3″ x 1/4″

The pack of 8 consists of:

1- Madame
2- Monsieur / on the flip side: Haji Firouz or just her hair! 
3- This Home
4- That Home
5- Yalda-Anar
6- Yalda-Hendooneh
7- Nowruz-Hoz
8- Nowruz-Sabzeh

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Squat Toilet Ash Tray

Nostalgic memories are what diasporic people carry with them across the globe. These memories are fondly recalled and often stand as symbolic touchstones for our collective Persian-ness. What’s fascinating to me, is how selective these memories can be. What happens to memories of auntie smoking in the bathroom, that odd lingering smell of poo and cigarette, the fear of finding a cockroach in dampayee, or slipping in the toilet with that dampayee, not to mention memories of Aftabeh, and how gradually all these went away and it became fashionable for households to have a “Farangi” western toilet instead of Irani. This ashtray is meant to bring forward abject memories that are buried in our collective Iranian psyche.

  • 1 Irooni Toilet Ashtray
  • Handmade with high-quality American porcelain
  • Approx. 3” x 4” x 3/4”
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Ships within 1 week (United States) 2-3 weeks (Worldwide)

These ashtrays are handmade and hand-glazed and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece.

This item is available for pickup.

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House Charm – Pendant

These House Charms are based on an ancient non-clay ceramic process dating back around 5500 years. Known as Kharmohreh in Iran, Egyptian paste or Egyptian faience is considered as one of the first synthetic materials. In Mesopotamian cultures this method was originally used to make beads and small amulets. The beads were thought to ward off evil spirits and were seen as good luck charms or protectors. Unlike most glazed ceramic objects, these are self-glazing due to their mineral composition, and there is an alchemical magic that unfolds in the kiln giving the charms exquisite shades of blue. My House Charms have the sense of an ancient artifact, rich with meaning and history, and are intended to act as keeper of the house, protector, talisman, or simply to give one the love and warmth of home.

– Handmade with Kharmohreh paste
– Approx. 1″ x 1 1/2″ x 3/8″

These pendant are handmade with unpredictable Kharmohreh (Egyptian paste) and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

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Blue Girl Charm- Pendant

In electrical and mechanical trades and manufacturing, each half of a pair of mating connectors or fasteners is conventionally assigned gendered designation of male or female. A power cord on an appliance terminates in a male plug. In this work, an impression of a male plug on Kharmohreh creates a female icon for the pendant.

These charms are based on an ancient non-clay ceramic process dating back around 5500 years. In Mesopotamian cultures this method was originally used to make beads and small amulets. The beads were thought to ward off evil spirits and were seen as good luck charms or protectors. Unlike most glazed ceramic objects, these are self-glazing due to their mineral composition, and there is an alchemical magic that unfolds in the kiln giving the charms exquisite shades of blue.

– Handmade with Kharmohreh paste
– Approx. 2 1/2″ x 1 3/4″ x 1/4″

These pendant are handmade with unpredictible Kharmohreh paste and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

This item is available for pickup.

Aftabeh – Pendant

Aftabeh is a historical Persian vessel. This Aftabeh is a wearable reinterpretation of the original use.

– Handmade ceramic porcelain with gold luster
– Approx. 2″ x 1 1/4″ x 3/4″

These pendants are handmade and hand-glazed and may come with some inconsistencies so yours will be a unique piece and may not look exactly like the photo.

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Bozi – Pendant

Why don’t you smile Bozi? is an ongoing sculptural series that I started in 2013. The series is inspired by the stylized design of a Persian ibex borrowed from a six thousand year old Iranian ceramic beaker. In the Persian language “bozi” means little goat, and the title of the work refers to a humorous folk song that was meant to spread holiday cheer and put a momentary smile on frozen faces of people. Using the same fascinating and ancient metal casting techniques to create my larger sculptural works, I made a limited edition of wearable Bozi sculptures.

The first edition of Bozi is a limited edition of ten cast silicon bronze pendants. Each piece is made out of a microcrystalline wax model and then molded and poured in molten metal. Each pendant is individually hand polished and rubbed down to achieve a sheen patina. This cast bronze pendant has a crude and ancient quality to it that combines the unpolished nature of ancient arts with sleek modern aesthetics.

– Semi-smooth texture
– Dimensions: 2 1/2 x 1 x 1/4 in (6.5 x 2.5 x 0.5 cm)
– Weighs: 1.3 oz (35 g)

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Nightingale & Rose Souvenirs – Golden Bird

In literature and the decorative arts, the Nightingale and Rose is a metaphor for the beloved and lover par excellence; the rose is beautiful, proud, and often cruel, while the bird sings endlessly of his longing and devotion. The Nightingale and the Rose series brings the ancient panegyric of the Nightingale and Rose (Gol-o-Bolbol) to the contemporary setting, addressing the dynamics of food, economy and human relationships in our evermore-globalized world. This work appropriates the Persian concept of the nightingale, and gives it a new form in the chicken, the common bird, the everyman. It is a particular Persian cultural reference, translated into a more general, or widely understood image, in order to broaden the manifold possibilities of association and interpretation, to seek nodes of connectivity, open fissures and places in between. This series contemplates the role of power structure in interpersonal relationships as well as international relations; where the asymmetrical relationship of bird and flower echoes from individual level to family, state, national and international political systems.

  • from The Nightingale and the Rose series, 2017
  • slip cast porcelain, gold luster
  • 5 1/4” x 7” x 5 1/2”

 

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Nightingale & Rose Souvenirs – Rose Heart

  • from The Nightingale and the Rose series, 2017
  • slip cast porcelain, gold luster, ceramics decal
  • 5 1/4” x 7” x 5 1/2”

 

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Pillow Talks – Chicken

  • cast concrete, cast resin
  • approx. 7” x 7” x 5” each

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Pillow Talks – Egg

  • cast concrete, cast porcelain
  • approx. 7” x 7” x 5” each

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Toilet Brush

To cleanse, wash out, scrub, whiten, blanch, purge, sanitize, absolve, clarify, disinfect, sterilize, launder, bleach, decolorize, rinse, purify, suppress, vindicate, refine, depurate, release, liberate, restore, lustrate, and shine.

  • from Garden: Recalling Paradise  series
  • Dimensions: brush: 16 ½” x 4” x 4”  pedestal: 10” x 10” x 43”
  • porcelain, gold luster, wood

 

 

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Aftabeh & Bozi – Wall Decor Linocut Prints

What happens when you ask Bozi and Aftabeh to have a conversation with one another?

I use Aftabeh in my works as a tongue-in-cheek symbol of Iranian identity. The poetry line on the Aftabeh print is borrowed from a folk song from the Northern province of Gilan that reads, “Aftebeh, pitcher of water is heavy [to lift],” and speaks to how the small task of  carrying a jug of water weighs too much while bearing the sadness of lost love.

Bozi is inspired by the stylized design of a Persian ibex borrowed from a six thousand year old Iranian ceramic beaker, now housed in the Louvre.  The text on the Bozi print refers to another humorous Nowruz folk song that is meant to spread holiday cheer and bring a smile to your face in the middle of winter. The line reads, “Why don’t you smile Bozi?

  • These prints are hand-made limited edition of 6 linocut relief press prints with etching ink.
  • Note that these are not digital prints and each work is slightly different from the other.
  • 8″ x 10″ prints are matted with 11″ x 14″ white core bevel cut mats and are ready for framing.

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