Broken Sound Bowls

Broken Sound Bowls

Broken Sound Bowls

Broken Sound Bowls

Broken Sound Bowls

Tom Palmer

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The Broken Sound Bowl(s) are inspired by the Japanese art of Kintsugi (golden joinery). As a philosophy, Kintsugi treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than as something to disguise. The philosophy also has similarities to wabi-sabi, an embracing of the flawed or imperfect, and other concepts such as the acceptance of change and fate as aspect of human life.

Each bowl is first cast with polymer plaster, then shattered. They are then pieced back together using a technique similar to Kintsugi (also known as Kintsukuroi). This is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered precious metals, which illuminates the join rather than disguises it.

The effect is that these bowls, wall mounted as though museum objects, appear not just to be the relics of a past, or possibly future civilisation, but to give us cause to reflect our own embrace of change.

Palmer’s practice explores the potential of materials beyond their known perimeters, often taking him to the brink of success or failure, yet creating results that are as stunning and unexpected as they are uncontrived. So it is with these bowls, whose form reshapes sound as it is reflected back to the ear, as though lending us an experience of ourselves in a past or future dimensions.

Please note one bowl illustrated has the polished bronze colour to the joins while the other has a darker tone.


Cast polymer

Custom Information:

The Broken Sound Bowls can be commissioned for a group composition (of the same or varying sizes) customised for your space.