in the throw

December 20, 2017

My friend Olivia gives such original gifts. There was the hand-painted skittle set from Mumbai, and the papier-mâché masks from Conran’s in London. For our wedding gift, Olivia wrote us a piece of music, and when we christened Luma, she sent us a Russian olive tree. True to style, I received a beautiful set of miniature ceramic vases from the amazingly talented Yutu Segawa last week. They are so tiny, that I can fit all five on a small silver plate. “There’s a mysterious charm about making miniature pots,” says Segawa. “You don’t need a large scale to express the beauty of clay, glazes and shapes.” Segawa throws each miniature by hand, but also pushes the limits of his medium by throwing with his feet, abdomen and tongue, too. It’s utterly unique and brilliant. Rather like Olivia.

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