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Mark Lindquist

Mark Lindquist - Group of Three Vessels

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II think I will always make Ascending Bowls, as long as I am turning.  The series is open-ended for me, particularly as it offers new opportunities for rebirth, and for new developments.  These walnut Ascending Bowls, made a year apart, represent a kind of recalibration, a type of resharpening of skills and vision.  The tool-marking (incising) plays an integral part in harmonizing with the drum forms, which echo Japanese ceramic traditions as well as African art precursors.

Mark Lindquist - Ascending Bowl 1998 #1, Walnut, 16"H x 9 1/2"D


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Mark Lindquist - Ascending Bowl 1999 #1, Walnut, 12 1/2"H x 9 1/4"D

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The Ascending Bowl, rising,  speaks about process, the idea of being in the midst of happening rather than in a state of completion.  I like the idea of the work being in flux rather than static.  Frequently, I settle on one of these pieces to study the form and the texture, and it appears to me to be still turning.  Only after quieting myself and coming to terms with the vessel, does it slow and settle.  This is how we are in life, it appears; we move at daily functioning speed and everything around us appears to be in motion.  Only when we rest to gather our thoughts do the objects around us quiet down, enabling us to see where we have been, where we are, and where we are going.