Ancient city of Uruk In the world of archaeology and paleontology, clay has played a significant role in preserving numerous discoveries that provide insights into our past. Over the years, various fascinating artifacts and fossils have been unearthed from within layers of clay, shedding light on ancient civilizations, extinct creatures, and even prehistoric environments. One [...]
Who’s Behind Chinese Propane?
As the sun sets on the bustling streets of Yaoli, China, the sound of propane tank deliveries echoes through the city. Though the harmonies of resilience may seem beautiful to some, to others, they are a haunting reminder of the daily struggles faced by the hardworking citizens. The clanging of metal tanks and the hiss [...]
The Joy That Comes From Perfecting a Skill
As I watched this 60-year-old woman expertly cook rice, I was inspired by her enthusiasm and love for the culinary craft. Her skills and knowledge, accumulated over a lifetime of experience, are a testament to the joy that comes from perfecting a skill and sharing it with others. Watching her in action was a truly [...]
Stepping out of our comfort zones (and embracing the unknown).
The day I met Toby and Dingdong at a Chinese porcelain sink factory started with a bumpy ride in what I believe was an old Datsun-like car from the 1980s. I could feel every bump and pothole on the mostly dirt road that led us out to the factory. The car was far from luxurious, [...]
Part 2 So I really got into the dinosaurs... This is a continuation of my time in Shangyu, China, at the Shangyu International Celadon Center and this is how I made the works you see below: Everybody smoked in China and there were ashtrays everywhere, especially in restaurants which was where I went to gather [...]
I Made Dinosaur Platters from the Master’s Work
I know they thought I was crazy... Through my exploration of ceramic art, I have found inspiration in the theme of extinction. I had the incredible opportunity while in Shangyu, to collaborate with the pottery gurus at the Celadon Center. Their large porcelain platters were masterfully wheelthrown, but lacked a concept that spoke to me. [...]
Bacon on Clotheslines
In the small town of Yaoli, in China, the people's lives were marked by their poverty. They lived simply, with little access to the modern amenities and conveniences that we often take for granted. Yet, despite their hardships, they found ways to make do with what they had. Their resourcefulness and creativity shone through in [...]
The Corn Monger of Yaoli
In the remote mountain village of Yaoli, there lived a corn monger with a sincere heart. He sold his sweet corn with calloused hands and a gentle touch that won the love of many locals. From dawn to dusk, through sun and snow, he traveled with wicker baskets in hand. With corn as his gift, [...]
Ladies Gardening at Night In China
As I peered out my window in Jingdezhen, China, I caught sight of a group of women tending to a garden in the middle of the night. Despite the late hour, they worked tirelessly, their movements graceful yet determined as they tended to each plant with loving care. As I watched, I was struck by [...]