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Nathalie Khayat, Untitled, 2015, unglazed porcelain, 22 7/8 × 13 3/8 × 13 3/8".

Nathalie Khayat

Agial Art Gallery

Nathalie Khayat, Untitled, 2015, unglazed porcelain, 22 7/8 × 13 3/8 × 13 3/8".

Nathalie Khayat’s exhibition “The Eye Above the Well” featured twenty-seven porcelain and stoneware vessels that were all roughly the size of a person’s torso. Eleven of them were displayed together on a low platform. The rest were placed on waist-high pedestals throughout the space. The effect was sculptural, or rather statuesque—as if one were regarding figurative presences rather than vases. What’s more, every single one of these bodies was damaged in some way: cracked, folded, knotted, torn, punctured, seemingly sutured, or halfway collapsed.

Khayat, who makes both functional design objects and works of fine art, has over the past fifteen years created a compelling visual language from the accidents and errors of her craft. Since 1999, she has been teaching intensely popular pottery classes out of her studio in Beirut, on the second floor of a building next to Sassine

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