Inspired by the ceremonies that I took part in while growing up in Japan, Burning Series is concerned with the uncontrolled transformative nature of fire. Every year the residents of my neighbourhood in Takasaki would gather plans to to burn Daruma dolls. The dolls would crack, split and distort, quickly changing to an entirely new form. This ceremony was undertaken to mark both an end and a beginning, a collective demarcation of time that provides the opportunity for be reborn. The change that is bought to the bowls by fire is in stark contrast to the controlled transformation from wood to bowl on the lathe. Very quickly, the fire takes hold and consumes the fuel that I have offered it. After spending many hours working the wood into the bowl, I then must release control to fire and let go of the shape that I have created, welcoming whatever the burning brings to the vessel.
The flowing river never stops and
yet the water never stays the same.
Foam floats upon the pools,scattering,
re-forming, never lingering long.