The Kaleidoscope Bowl

The Kaleidoscope Bowl (top)
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The Kaleidoscope Bowl (side)
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The Kaleidoscope Bowl (bottom)
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“The aim of art is to represent not the outward appearance of things, but their inward significance.”
– Aristotle

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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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