Dimensions: 6.5″ x 10″
Fair Market Value: $85
Minimum Bid Amount: $50
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I seek to create pieces that are functional in three senses of the word. The first function of my work is to fulfill a spiritual search for physical and mental calm. As a student of the ancient Taoist teachings found in the primary texts Nei-Yeh (Inward Training), Yuan Dao (Tracing the Way to Its Source), Tao-Te Ching(The Way and Its Power), and the inner chapters of the Chuang-Tzu, I conceive my daily life in terms of harmony achieved (or lacking) between my surroundings and myself. When working at the wheel I achieve this harmony perhaps more comprehensively than in any other aspect of my life.
Recent experiments with guided breathing techniques and meditation while working have yielded pieces functional in a second sense. These “calm” pots are intended to function as a “meditation bell” for the beholder. I take the work of Toshiko Takaezu, Lucie Rie, and Kevin Crowe as exemplary in this respect. Ideally, to look at and interact with my pieces will be to bear witness and engage the physical and mental calm necessary for their creation. I hope that to view my work will be to be calmed yourself.
Finally, my work is functional in a third, more traditional sense. The work is intended for use both in everyday activities, and for special occasions. In particular, my work is made to encourage harmonious interaction and mindful, conscious movement while preparing tea, serving food, drinking spirits, or arranging flowers and herbs. Very often, the work encourages one to serve others, be they family, friends, or new faces.
While I find this style of work personally fulfilling, I also enjoy collaborations with other ceramists and artists in other fields. In the future, I hope to work with graffiti artists by bringing a third dimension to their work, with fashion designers to create uniquely wearable pieces, and with musicians, whose rhythmic creations resonate with the timing and rhythm of the throwing process.
I am thankful for the opportunities I have had in the field of ceramics so far. I wish to continue to experiment and to make available to others all that I have learned.