The Kaleidoscope Bowl

The Kaleidoscope Bowl (top)

The Kaleidoscope Bowl (side)

The Kaleidoscope Bowl (bottom)

“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
– Aristotle


Occasionally one picks up an item that doesn’t have much monetary value, and yet it feels as though it has vast psychic value.
While on vacation in Sioux City, Iowa, I picked up such an item: a ceramic/pottery bowl at a thrift store that absolutely carries some kind of positive power – what,  I don’t know, just that I “feel” something coming from it. It’s very weird because I usually only feel such spirituality from rocks and mineral specimens (and people, of course).
It was obviously done at the hand of child or a childlike person. While the young artist has a fine sense of color, the piece itself is not a wowzers in terms of its physical attributes and form. In fact, it’s a bit clunky.
All I know: I walked right over to the bowl, picked it up, and knew it would be mine. Before Jerry could even open his mouth to protest at yet another thrift shop purchase, I just said, “This is non-negotiable.”
I don’t know what else to call this bowl – I tossed around the idea of calling it “The Magic Bowl,” but it’s not really a magical item, more of an aura coming from it, perhaps its creator’s.
Have any of you ever picked up such an object?


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