This ceramic box is completely unique, inspired by a trip to the Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain. Its origins go back as far as 889. Left in disrepair until the mid-11th century when Moorish emir Mohammad Ben Al-Ahmar of the Emirat of Granada reconstructed the palace and walls, then in 1333 converted to a Royal Palace by Yusuf, Sultan of Granada. Michaels work is focused on the exquisite Moorish architecture and elaborate tile and paving all through the Alhambra.
When studying Michael’s ceramic sculpture ‘Granada Memories’ the longer side illustrates the iconic moon shapes, the end panel illustrates the six pointed star in the centre. The top of the box was inspired by the vast hallways and garden terrace walkways. Stepped and split level to give a more three dimensional feel, the base is of similar construction to the lid except the base has six feet which lift the box and promote its present elegance. The colour was difficult to achieve. The first is a honey glaze or a type of old yellow, a warm colour. Michael’s favourite so far is the amber glaze, which gives it a worn, gold look, almost precious.