Rituals inspire and motivate us, they bond us and help us form community. The objects within Modern Rituals: The Art of Living have been inspired by rituals big and small; some are deeply personal while others are subtle actions incorporated into daily life.
Connie Augoustinos is an Adelaide based maker who creates ceramic sculptural vessels and objects reminiscent of ritualistic artefacts. With an intuitive making process and a nod to her Hellenic heritage, Connie’s work considers a diversity of influences, ranging from origin stories to femininity and the natural world.
1) Tell us about a ritual that is part of your daily life – be it connected to society, community or self.
My daily ritual is a very simple one. After waking up in the morning I make myself coffee in my percolator. While it’s boiling on the stove I water my garden or tidy up around the house. When my coffee is ready, I choose a hand-made cup from my collection, take a seat outside and enjoy my coffee with a few pats for my dog Atticus.
2) What does this ritual mean to you?
This ritual of mine has only come about in the last year, as a means to be more conscious about spending money and wasting materials associated with take-away coffee. I am also really good at sleeping (!) so it gives me a lovely reason to get out of bed. I have created a space and time for myself to set my intentions for the day, and give my pup some extra love; things that I would otherwise feel “too busy” to do.