Michael Aram Mughal Garden Pitcher
Michael Aram Mughal Garden Pitcher
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Item# 130792MA
Size: 6.5"W x 8.5"L x 11"H, 78oz.

The Mughal Garden motif was originally designed by Michael Aram in celebration of his 20th anniversary of living and working in India. Aram's dedication to Indian metalworking traditions has been the cornerstone of the craft based design for which he is best known. Combining his love of the natural world with his deep love of India, the Mughal Garden series serves as an homage to the country which has given Michael so much inspiration and artistic expression.

"For years, I purposely did not represent India in my work since I felt that an artist's inspiration and sources run deep, and should not be influenced by spending brief amounts of time in one place. Now, after understanding this country and having made it my own for over 20 years, I felt the time was right to further celebrate the beauty and magic that India has shown me. I love walking in the park near my home in New Delhi, where, amidst the Mughal ramparts and ruins, peacocks glide by and monkey's swing from the trees that are organized in clean, symmetrical rows. There is a circus-like unexpectedness mixed with the grace, perfection, and refinement of the keenly planned environment. For me, this is the pastiche that is India." - Michael Aram

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Michael Aram is an American born artist who works primarily in metal. After studying fine art and living as an artist in New York in the late 1980's, Aram took what would later be a life-altering trip to India where he discovered rich metalworking traditions. Inspired to work with craftsmen whose skills he felt were greatly untapped, Aram turned his creative energies towards craft based design, setting up a home and workshop in New Delhi.

Aram's work reflects humanity through the directness of the handmade process, as each piece is lovingly made using age old traditional techniques. The artisan nature of the work imbues it with a soulful quality and an energy, which Aram feels is only possible with work, which reflects the hand of the maker. This energy is further enhanced by the tension of line, form, and meaning that is characteristic of Aram's work. As extraordinary objects, they cause us to pause and consider them, and therefore create a sense of ritual and ceremony in their day to day use.

The objects range from tableware to furniture, both are sold in galleries and specialty stores worldwide. This broad diversity embodies Aram's versatility as an artist who is comfortable working on private commissions, one of a kind piece for gallery shows, or pieces that are affordable to a wider audience.

Bridging the gap between the artist and artisan is a hallmark of Michael Aram's work. Whether in his narrative and figurative "signature" collection, or in his more contemporary 'studio' line, each piece is entirely handmade with no two examples ever exactly the same. The handmade quality of the work allows it to shift beautifully between the realm of fine and decorative art. This enduring melange of quality and originality sits comfortably at home in contemporary as well as in more classical interiors.

Appropriately, in Hindi, "aram" means "gently, with peace, with love and care". Repeating this direction mantra-like to the craftsmen, Aram succeeds in making high quality work, which is as much a personal statement, as its appeal is universal.