Friday, September 12, 2014


I am so humbled when I study this beautiful vessel that dates to early 20th century Japan. Yes, at first glance it appears to be a basket woven from humble reeds. On staying with the vessel a while its character begins to emerge. Yes, it is an Ikebana object, but the form has the ability to bring out a sense of awe and wonder. The basket is woven of thin bronze wire and wider strips of bronze; not a strand seems to have lost its place in the whole. The form is beautifully balanced; the patina applied with the lightest of touch. 

The tight weaving of the wider bronze bands at the center, echo's of a Mandala, perhaps one's personal center, always extending outward and connected to all others.

Have a joyous week-end.  It is super hot, hot, hot here. My favorite cousin is visiting from Denver and I can't wait to see her.

Mary & Jones & Cole


  1. A fascinating piece of art Mary, and you have interpreted it so beautifully!
    It has turned cool here for a bit, which is refreshing; although we'll have many hot Indian Summer days ahead!

    Have a great weekend!

    The Arts by Karena

  2. Hi Karena, Sending love and healing. Enjoy the coolness of approaching fall for me.
    xoxo Mary