the "udu" originates from the Igbo of Nigeria. 'udu' means 'vessel,' it was originally used as a water jar, and played by the women. a modern take adds a drum on the side, which creates a deep bass sound that resonates in the chamber.
a pleasant surprise on the back side of this udu, an image of the Philippine sun :)
after making over 800 "Bulol" heads using the closed form, ive decided to attach them to each other and create ikebana vases. its a balancing act in an attempt to defy the pull of gravity on the piece. the results: a lot of movement and swaying from left to right. some have said they are reminiscent of worms, buddah bamboo, and even sampaloc (tamarinds)..
i've always been fascinated with music and admired how musicians create songs with such ease. With this medium, i am able to explore sound in a new way.. i can create and adjust sizes and shapes to yield different pitches. my recent experiments include a circular bell xylophone and a triple headed drum. waiting to be fired
this room is brought back to life with some tints of green and a few rings..
a visit to Dala, Myanmar's Twante Pottery Village :)