Black Madonna Shipwreck Pottery Pendant
This oversized art pottery pendant features an iconic image of Madonna Czestochowa, the Black Madonna often syncretized with Ezili Danto. The image has been overlaid onto a shipwreck pottery fragment. This is a large, unique statement pendant measuring just under 2 inches in length. It has been finished and sealed with a glossy, clear overlay.
Shipwreck pottery (also called "beach pottery" and "sea pottery") originates from pottery, dishes, and china that were discarded into the sea many years ago. Over time, the shards break into pieces and are tumbled smooth by the wind, ocean and sand. I collect these fragments from the shoreline of coastal towns across New England and turn them into one of a kind art pieces. Each piece is unique, with a natural distressed look, crackling, and sometimes original paint or type on the reverse. Pieces are very sturdy and smooth to the touch, with edges tumbled soft by the ocean.
In repurposing these shards, I am inspired by the Japanese concepts of Wabi-Sabi and Kintsugi, which highlight the beauty and history of objects that are broken or imperfect. Each shard has spent years tumbling through the ocean to find a new home in a piece of wearable art which highlights the beauty of its brokenness. The aged, organically shaped pottery fragment lends a relic-like mystery to each finished piece, merging the past and present into something poetic and timeless.
You can choose to purchase the pendant only (with complimentary 18 inch cord chain) or a complete necklace with antiqued gold and black rosary chain. All of my pendants ship beautifully presented in jewelry boxes, making them perfect for gifting as well. Please note that this is a handmade art jewelry piece and is not suited for showering or submerging in water.