These Natural-Haired Ceramics Are Stunning

Murjoni Merriweather

Photo Credit: Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun

We all know the saying, art imitates life. But, there is something all too fantastic about seeing ‘our’ selves in art – especially when it’s celebrating aspects that are far too often ignored or not realistically captured. Budding artist and college student Murjoni Merriweather has created stunning ceramic works of art that celebrate the kinks, curls and coils of natural hair life.  Let’s be clear, these are not your grandma’s art figurines. Her pieces incorporating natural hairstyles, including afros, braids, cornrows, puffballs that are modern, elongated and empowering. And, you just might want to copy a style for yourself.

Murjoni Merriweather

Photo Credit: Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun

The sophomore at Maryland Institute College of Art (MICA) said she draws inspiration from Swiss artist Alberto Giacometti’s elongated designs in her pieces, with a focus on hair and the female form. “I feel as though just letting your hair grow naturally is…empowering…because you’re accepting yourself for who you are and how you were born,” Merriweather told the Dark Room.

Murjoni Merriweather

Photo Credit: Algerina Perna/Baltimore Sun

Merriweather uses an iron oxide wash to create her collection’s earthy skin tones. She also draws inspiration from those around her. The above dreadlocks were inspired by woman she saw on the train.


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