Stephanie Daniels

One recent spring while fostering a dog and training him to walk with me on a loose leash, I found myself looking at the ground a lot. I started noticing circular shapes in the sidewalk – urban mandalas really – that had little squares inside. They were all over the place: square metal poles that had been wrenched from a circular slab of concrete that still had some of the metal sticking up; copper plates with a square key hole; other metal plates that didn’t seem to serve any purpose other than for me to become fascinated by.

The Urban Mandala Series jumped from out of the concrete sidewalk and into the raku kiln. The texture of the clay and the metalic surface of the glazes kept the integrity of the original plates and the clay allowed me to take a flat plate grow it into a 3 dimensional object.

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