Just a few seconds ago I was describing an Asami Kikuchi Ikebana, and, doing what I do best (stating the patently obvious), addressed Kikuchi’s talent with the sandblaster. With the previous pipe, a Rhodesian, I waxed at length about her acumen in matters of pairing the depth of a given blast to a specific shape. What type of grain might look best on a charmingly compact, quite modernist, little gem of a sphere? Dang! ‘Splitting the difference’ between an American depth blast and a more Japanese/Danish style, the rings are as concentric and tactile as we usually see in the former, but without any tear/rag that usually crops up in deeper territory. Kikuchi’s near life-long fascination with the possible tactile sensations and visual delights inherent in small wooden objects, certainly served her well with this bent Ball; even at a mere 4.6” in length, the bowl fills the hand in a fine manner, the rings feel superb… and what a great shape.
--R. ‘Bear’ Graves