September 28, 2023

As a ceramicist, I’m often thinking about what my vessels might hold. Is this long enough for asparagus? Deep enough for soup? Beautiful enough to hold nothing at all? When life is really busy and intense, as it is right now, I return to the tiniest of vessels. The focus they demand is so strong that everything else turns to black. I can’t think too much about what these tiny vessels will hold –– salt, sand, air –– or pragmatism will take over and I won’t make anything at all. And so I stand here, pinching tiny bowls on tiny pedestals with tiny handles, knowing that their end function matters so much less than the focus they are bringing me in the here and now. The beauties below are by Japanese artist, Yuta Segawa. I own five of them, and they’re filled with nothing but dust and joy.


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