Art Symbolizes 35 Years of Life!

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This little sculpture is 5″ high. It was a model for a large ceramic waterfall piece I wanted to make in 1986 but never got around to doing.

The flat stones I spontaneously added in December, 2016 for a gift for my friend and Japanese teacher, Yukako Fujita.

In 1981, artist Yukio Ozaki was commissioned by the Hawaii State Foundation on Culture and the Arts to design the entrance way to Maui Memorial Medical Center. It consisted of 26 separate and uniquely carved mahogany wooden panels of the word for life: “ii-no-chi.”

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I loved the idea of carving the word into clay – making something like prayer pebbles – to celebrate “Life.”

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