Vasefinder International 2012
Exhibitor 108

Joe Bruhin

Fox, Arkansas, USA

Title: Hatuyuki (First Snow)

Year of Creation: 2009

Glaze: Natural ash glaze

Clay Body: Stoneware

Dimensions: Height 6 inches, Width 4 inches

Artist's Statement: Making pottery for me is a vehicle for spiritual growth. By opening myself, allowing spirit to enter and by acting spontaneously, pots are born. The aim is to communicate with the eventual owner, producing an aesthetic experience that will have transcending qualities.

Wood firing is the best way for me to achieve these goals. As too much control removes spirit, the element of chance here becomes a positive. By being in harmony with the elements of nature the pot becomes a sacrificial offering, surrendered to the flames and reborn. It aspires toward the ideals of timeless beauty and magic.

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