"Warabe Jizo" Bells
I imitated "warabe jizo" (guardian deities of children) of Sanzen-In Temple in these works. They will become bells when finished.
Thank you for your kind responses to my last blog. I chuckled at myself, as I went back making sellable items right after I posted it. However, don't worry. I've already started to compose my next "soul" piece in my head.
Reexaming my priority
Yesterday when I called my mother in Japan, my stepfather asked me through her if I was selling my works. The truth was I had sold only one sculpture, but my ego answered, "I've been selling functional ware. Next April I'm going to a big show. Hopefully I will sell some of my sculptures there." In order to be respected by them, I had to achieve a financial success. My heart resented their way of measuring one's achievement. I asked myself, "What do you want, then?"
The answer has been always within my reach. It's up to me when I set my priority to it. "Ignore what sells. Suppress the fear that I may remain as a failure. Just follow my heart's callings." It is a luxury that only a few could afford, and I want it.
I Just finished the last bisque-fired piece (photo). It is time to sculpt. With my priority ingrained in my heart, I hope for my skills to transform a lump of clay into a new meaning.
Mugs, Mugs, Mugs
A friend asked me if I was selling mugs. Yes, I'm in the process of designing ones that we can make not on wheel, but only by hand. These will be marketed as warm-your-hand mugs.
New Sculpture: AQUARIUS
I'm going to put aside this sculpture and see it with fresh eyes in a few weeks. It was fired in two sections and adhered together afterward. In order to hide the glued line, she will eventually wear a string of beads and shells around the waist. It was difficult to show the soft smooth skin of the youth and the loveliness of puberty with the light green hues. I have not given it up yet.
By the way, I was accepted into the 2016 American Craft Council St. Paul Show. The news is giving me a good stimulation.
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