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Vessels of Humble Mud

When Simone Bodmer-Turner builds, she builds by hand. Fascinated by how clay is just basic mud, dug out of the ground, shaped by human hands, and submitted to the wild unpredictability of fire to take form. Inspired by processes and forms she has encountered in her travels and study in Mexico and Japan, she makes shapes in both positive and negative space.

Bodmer-Turner has created a permanent collection of functional yet sculptural vessels for retailers that are intended for minimal floral arrangements or to exist on their own. This line is her bread and butter and helps support her art practice that ventures more into the large-scale, purely sculptural realm.

Currently on view at La Garconne, photographed by Yudi Ela

«I am moved by ancient forms that once held such a rudimentary and crucial role – keeping water cold, fermenting foods, cooking over an open flame, serving tea to honor your guests- that now, in this world of plastic and industry and a general lack of ceremony in daily life, have lost their place in our society.»

«I feel grateful to have come to a medium so grounded in the earth and at the mercy of the natural world. Clay, just another name for the humble mud, is dug out of the ground, shaped by human hands, and submitted to the wild unpredictability of fire to take form.»