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Thoughts About Bowls

Have you read this article in the New York Times about a simple pottery bowl that sold at auction for over 2 million dollars.  It's really great to see a piece of pottery being show that respect.  Of course I wonder how the potter lived in his/her time.  We tend to pay much more for art once the artist is dead and can't use the money.  I seem to remember a movie about an artist that faked his own death in order to be able to sell his paintings at a high price.  Yes, it was meant to be funny.

Pottery Serving bowl by Lori Buff
Serving Bowl
All kidding aside, I think it's great that one of the most functional, most used pottery forms is being recognized by the art community.  I think many beautiful bowls have been created by potters and wood turners and basket weavers, (just to name a few) and they should be viewed as art.  Creating something with use and beauty is not easy and should be honored. 

What do you think?

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  1. I was excited too to see the NYT do the bowl project, along with the article about the now famous bowl.
    I was a little surprised that there weren't more wood turned bowls, baskets, and glass bowl submitted. There were a few, but most were ceramic.

  2. Yes, I saw it indeed. I know that in Japan some humble teabowls are so revered, valued and loved that cracks are repaired with gold, which is very pretty. I also know that I rarely use a plate, putting much of my food into a bowl. I sit back with chopsticks and eat nearly anything that way, it just feels so relaxed and natural!

  3. useful and beautiful, something to strive for. I admire beautiful work and if it functions well, all the better. I'm still amazed when I see very ancient bowls of wood, basketry, clay, even stone, so much beauty is contained in them. humans want to make the ordinary, a little extra ordinary


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