Reliquary for Burdens (Past and Present)
Lost wax bronze casting and ceramic
Handbuilding including pinch and coil and slab
15% of the sale price will go to Planned Parenthood
“It is easy to tell the toiler
How best he can carry his pack;
But no one can rate a burden’s weight
Until it has been on his back.”
-Ella Wheeler Wilcox from The Tobacco Worker, Volumes 8-10
The burdens we carry related to loss, insecurity, helplessness, mistakes, regrets, sadness, anxiety, stress, commitment, understanding, pain, addiction, disappointment, doubt, fear, etc. are what also make us whole. We are given many chances, many lives, all within one. Or so I think...
Didem Mert received her BFA (ceramics) from Northern Kentucky University in 2014 and her MFA (ceramics) from Edinboro University of Pennsylvania in 2017. Mert has exhibited nationally in places such as Companion Gallery, Charlie Cummings Gallery, AKAR, and over forty other venues. Her work was published in Ceramics Monthly’s
2014 Undergraduate Showcase. She was featured on the cover of Pottery Making
Illustrated’s January/February 2016 issue. Mert was included in CFile’s list of
15 Potters to Watch in 2016 and in Architectural Digest’s 10 Ceramic Artists Giving
Pottery A Modern Update. Didem is currently a studio artist living in Cincinnati, OH.