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Gordon Baldwin - Objects for a Landscape It is the combination of sculpture with painting that make Gordon Baldwin's ceramics so innovative and unique. He broke entirely with the Leach tradition that form was all that mattered and has created ceramic sculptures which he still calls vessels and in so doing has challenged what is seen as 'art' and what is seen as 'craft'.

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"Ensō is a Japanese word meaning “circle” and a concept strongly associated with Zen. Ensō is one of the most common subjects of Japanese calligraphy even though it is a symbol and not a character. It symbolizes enlightenment, strength, elegance, the Universe, and the void. —Shinichi Maruyama"

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Zenji Miyashita (Japanese, Kyoto 1939–2012) | Vase | ca. 1990 | Stoneware

Zenji Miyashita | Vase | The Metropolitan Museum of Art