water jar is one of the few ceramic pieces in the Rockefeller Collection
that acknowledges that clay starts out malleable. We see the potter's fingers
in the throwing rings and in the soft walls transformed from round into
square. We see the distortion caused by the stamped impression on the still
wet wall. On other pieces in the collection, just as the potter's hand is
hidden, traces of the fire are also missing: no drips, no ash, no iron spots
to mar the well-controlled surface. In this example, however, the fire is
an active collaborator. A potter sets up the conditions for clay to burn
or glaze to flow yet cannot control the precise results. The fire alone
pulls out variations of surface, texture, and color from the clay and glaze.
This piece is as much about process as result.
A Re-Departure on the Past
In the process of choosing these objects,
I have reflected on the experience of drinking these three spirits as
With wine comes both
sorrow and cheer. With tea comes both the bitter and sweet. With water
comes the complexity of life and transparency.
Which one is the hardest
Water, tea, or wine?
To me, water is the
most difficult to taste--
An endless mirror
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