Clay Pot. Hong Kong 2012
I was tempted to walk away with one of these. My mom calls it a “five finger discount”! They are really cheap at the market. But I want the ones that’s been cooked hundred times or more. When I lived in Hk, I used to beg for one of the soup clay pots at the “Mistress Soup” restaurant. They would never sell one of their’s to me. They didn’t understand why I wanted their old used ones with black bottoms.
Seems like this approach to deco could translate easily to pots. Start with a simple cross as the starting point to a grid. Extend it out a bit with a series of dots to indicate the evenly spaced intersections. Experiment with joining them with a variety of curves and flourishes.
The fact that the source is a prayer, a meditation, an opportunity to welcome prosperity makes it all the more relevant to utilitarian pots for me.
Kolam is a form of sand painting that is drawn using rice powder by female members of the family in front of their home. It is widely practiced by Hindus in South India. A kolam is a sort of painted prayer - a line drawing composed of curved loops, drawn around a grid pattern of dots. Kolams are thought to bestow prosperity to homes.
Pure and Elemental. That’s how I like my sculptures.
Water Sculpture by Shinich Maruyama