Friday, April 29, 2011


Like most people through the mid-west and east coast, it has been dreary, rainy and very windy here with lots of localized flooding as well. This makes it a bit difficult to have a positive outlook and upbeat mood. When I am feeling that way, I turn to my drug of choice, pottery. Looking at the right pots can’t easily change my mood and perspective.

Illustrated is an ethereal Shino chawan by Toki Juyo Mukei Bunkazai, Sakai Kobu (1937- ). His Shino works are different than most and very easy to pick out of a crowd. This softly altered bowl has wonderful shades of iron, nezumi blue and hints of white somewhat reminiscent of an old science fiction paperback cover; a nebula springs to mind and certainly transports me to a different place. Where would we be with out such ceramic gems?

“The Cosmos is also within us. We are made of star stuff. We are a way for the Cosmos to know itself.”
Carl Sagan (1934-1996)

(From a private collection)

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