DEBORAH TOMPSETT Winner of the Chaiya Art Awards in 2018
A Thousand Bottles of Tears
“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not a mark of weakness but of power. They speak more eloquently than ten thousand tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition and of unspeakable love.” Washington Irving.
Inspired by the small vessels used in ancient times to collect tears as a mark of respect during mourning these hand-thrown individual ceramic bottles symbolise emotions of joy, love , sorrow and remembrance. Tear bottles date back to circa 1055 BC during the reign of David who made reference to collecting his tears in his prayers to God. Each pot is formed from a heart sized lump of clay, from the smallest baby to the largest adult.
One of the exciting opportunities that Deborah has been offered after winning the Chaiya Art award, is an invitation along with several other UK and Norweigan artists to take part in an exhibition in China this year. The exhibition ‘Matter Matters’ explores themes around the environment and its protection. Deborah will be exhibiting her piece ‘ Advent Greenhouse ‘ .
Here are a few thoughts from Deborah about what has happened since winning Chaiya Art Award.