Hessa Al Ajmani is an Emirati visual artist and ceramist born in Abu Dhabi and based in Ajman. She creates absolutely stunning ceramics decorating them with botanical motifs using the technique of clay slabs.
Unlike wheel thrown pottery, all of my pieces are meticulously hand-built using clay slabs. While a wheel-thrown piece normally takes a few minutes to make, a slab-built dish can take hours, if not days to perfect. My ceramic work speaks of my memories of home and the process of self-healing. Through imprints of flower, leaves, and patterns, it invokes a sense of nostalgia and the idea of home as a space of free thought and personal growth. With no two pieces identical, each ceramic piece is unique and holds its own character and charm. Working with clay has been especially therapeutic for me because it has nurtured my appreciation for imperfections and acceptance of things which are not necessarily within my control, thus growing my sense of patience and unconditional love for my work.Hessa Al Ajmani