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Laying out a shallow bowl.

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etsyfindoftheday 2 | 6.13.17

wacky planters by btwceramics // small | large

i’m a sucker for hyper-colorful pottery, so these wackily-glazed planters are definitely up my alley! aren’t they aptly named? ;)

Inkstand with A Madman Distilling His Brains

Italian, probably Urbino, ca. 1600
Tin-glazed earthenware
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, NYC

In this whimsical maiolica sculpture, a well-dressed man leans forward in his seat with his head in a covered pot set above a fiery hearth.  The vessel beside the hearth almost certainly held ink.  The man’s actions are explained by an inscription on the chair: “I distill my brain and am totally happy.”  Thus the task of the writer is equated with distillation— the process through which a liquid is purified by heating and cooling, extracting its essence.