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Zein Daouk



Stoneware sculptural vessel with matte glaze exterior & lava glaze detail & with a gloss glaze interior.

Under every footstep that we take all over the planet lies a hidden Kingdom, a single interconnected realm ruled by the Mighty Mycelium. It is a world full of magic and mystery, an intertwined network that flourishes under the earth. This World Wood Web holds the power of nature’s bond to all living things. It does not move but it is not Flora, it feeds on other organisms but it is not Fauna.

It is a Kingdom of its own: THE THIRD KINGDOM, and it bears fruit: beautiful FUNGI.

FUNGI come in a myriad of shapes and sizes and colors and species and lifestyles. They are a window into the hidden landscape under our feet: an ancient land of determined lifeforms, silent yet sentient.
They shape our world and hold the key to our future. Some save us, some threaten us and most we haven’t even met.
They bring life,
They sustain life,
They transform life.
They are the changers.
They are the true masters of survival.
They are the ecosystem communicators in a symbiotic pulse of infinite mindfulness.

Let them be seen… Let them be heard… Let them be celebrated.
Let them shift our consciousness towards a better tomorrow.

Zein Daouk | October 2021

The Third Kingdom is a kind and happy realm that nurtures cooperation and symbiotic relationships. The works very much reside in contemporary ceramics while rooting themselves in expressionism with its emotive color palette. But most of all they stay true to my architectural background. I don’t see myself as a ceramicist but more as an architect and a builder and a story teller working with clay as my current medium of choice. Although the vessels seem to have a function, they are essentially sculptural. I have never been able to see them as anything but stand-alone beings. Each has a name according to its shape, color and size and each one has a personality. They truly became my companions this past year and helped me heal from all the madness around us.

Zein Daouk


  • Date/


  • Dimension/

    19.0 x 26.0 x 25.5 cm (7.5 x 10.2 x 10.0 in)

  • Ships from/

    Philadelphia, PA

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