Cheryllynn Saramaga-Martai

Cheryllynn Saramaga-Martai

I enjoy the tactile feeling of the clay in my hands. Whether I am throwing or hand building I find the process meditative and the experience as a whole grounding.

I see pottery as a way for people to weave art into their daily lives, adding character and elegance to their living spaces. A handcrafted tea set celebrates our drinking tea and a pitcher can adorn the mantel when it is not in use.

My recent work is primarily functional. I may make a porcelain pendant or a stoneware bowl but either way I am able to bring art into every aspect of daily life and add a bit of beauty to each day.

Email Cheryllynn at pottery@saramaga.com

Recent Pictures

<strong>Bedlah Sisterhood</strong> (2009), installation in "Dinner Conversations" show at GoSA gallery.<p><br><br>

<p align="justify"> A Bedlah is the beaded bra and belt set a cabaret belly dancer wears when she performs. <br><br>

Belly dancing has been a gift to me! I’ve been fortunate to meet so many wonderful women and made good friends in my classes, through my costume business, and while travelling to attend workshops and shows.  After more then a decade of belly dancing all of my best friends are belly dancers!  <br><br>

Traditional Middle Eastern meals are served on communal platters. Utensils aren’t used but sauces, stews, and pâtés are eaten with flatbreads. Mealtime is about friendship, comradery, and bonding for one would never share a plate with their enemy. <br><br>

Food is always a part of every belly dance hafla (party). A group of us will come together, listen to music, nibble at food, work on new costumes, and share what is going on in our lives, both happy and sad. We talk about our favourite dancers; who’s dancing where and to what music. We take turns getting up to perform for each other or we will all get up and dance together. <br><br>

I love to cook for my friends and put love, warmth, and well wishes into every dish I prepare. Elegant, sparkly, with a touch of flamboyance (because after all as belly dancers we are all divas) these dishes were designed to serve a communal meal and are a metaphoric sacred vessel to honour the friendships and  sisterhood I enjoy with my fellow belly dancers. <br><br>

When you look at my dinnerware set imagine its large bowls and casseroles filled with exotic foods. See lamb marinated with wine and cooked in exotic spices filling the large footed casserole dish.  Picture a large bowl of couscous baked with wild mushrooms and roasted garlic.  Envision the large platter loaded with hommous, baba ganouche, goat cheese, and roasted peppers together with pita bread for dipping. Notice the side dishes to be filled with olives, hot chillies, and chutneys or the bowl for dates, nuts, and honey soaked baklava for dessert. But most importantly picture a group of women sitting round eating, laughing and sewing taking pleasure in each others company.</p>

 Bedlah Sisterhood (2009), installation in "Dinner Conversations" show at GoSA gallery. Dinner Wear Cheryllynn Saramaga-Martai Working on a carved stoneware box.

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