| The process of creating Darian ceramic art begins with
high quality white bisque. . Darian murals are made from individual 15 cm square
tiles. Large vases and other pieces are purchased from local artisans in shapes
specified by Arman. Arman also works with local artisans in making the wrought
iron bases and frames which often accompany his pieces. |
and his sister Anna are the artists and designers of all pieces. Arman or Anna
will draw the original design on the mural, vase, or individual tile, using black
ink paint. Many of the motifs which Arman uses are inspired by ancient Armenian
ceramic motifs, interpreted by Arman Darian. All designs come from nature, with
stylzed tulips and other flowers, trees and leaves, deer and lions, fish and fowl
used. Many pieces feel old and new at the same time. The designs are often sweet
and uplifting, while somehow also communicating a longing for something beyond.
The colors in Darian's work are strong and varied. Many pieces
involve turquoises, cobalt blue, forest green, burnt sienna and sunflower yellow.
But burgundies and lavenders also find their place. Most pieces are on a background
of white, but Arman has begun doing pieces with beige and even rich gold as the
Arman, Anna and other artists trained by Arman do the
painting of the pieces. Arman has taught this artwork to many young men and women,
from all religions and nationalities found in Jerusalem, young Russian and Armenian
immigrants, young Israelis and Palestinians. The mix of people working together
in this troubled spiritual center is part of what makes Arman's work a unigue
expression of the longing for peace on earth.
the pieces are fired in a medium sized kiln in Arman's factory. Each piece is
unique, and each creation has its moment of wonder and surprise, seeing how the
designs and the colors once fired will emerge from the kiln.
pieces are signed and dated by Arman Darian, Jerusalem.