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Otherworldly Transformation of Simple Ceramics

Handicrafts Art

When it comes to art and craft, there’s a fine line between the two. Can art be utilitarian? Can craft be simply decorative without serving any functional purpose?

What ceramic artist Keiko Masumoto wants to do is to take that fine line and crumple it into a ball and kick it around a little. Masumoto transforms ordinary ceramic vessels by literally merging them with other, seemingly random objects she crafts from clay. Octopus tentacles wiggle out of a jug, and a daikon radish looks like it’s been stabbed through a tall pot. She even went to the trouble of beautifully decorating a large flower pot with intricate vine motifs. And it would be perfectly functional if not for the large tunnel and cars going through it.

See more of Masumoto's work at Spoon & Tamago below!

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