Sofreh is the Iranian word for tablecloth, an embroidered piece of cloth that is laid on the table or Persian carpet, and on which dishes of food are placed for a meal. Sofreh can refer to an everyday tablecloth, or a tablecloth for a specific ceremonial setting such as the Nowruz (Iranian New year) called Sofreh-ye haft seen.
Like the Sofreh, Sanam's pots for this exhibition are for the table – for the everyday and the ceremonial.
Sanam Emami is a ceramic artist and an Associate Professor of Pottery at Colorado State University, Fort Collins. She received a BA in History from James Madison University in Virginia, and an MFA in Ceramics from New York State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. She was a Visiting Assistant Professor in Ceramics at Alfred University, resident artist at the Archie Bray Foundation in Montana, and has lectured at the Office for the Arts at Harvard University; the Kansas City Art Institute; Arizona State University Art Museum-Ceramic Research Center, and NCECA in Louisville, Kentucky.