This piece is approximately 9 inches tall and hand built from recycled stoneware clay. It was coated with thick slip for fluid texture, and glazed mix of random colors from red/brown to purple to yellow with hints of blue. He sits peacefully through the varied and unpredictable sensations that pass through his experience.
The calm and happy facial expression reflects the understanding of the impermanent nature of all things, and the wisdom not to identify with any thing, for everything is subject to change. The head of this sculpture was inspired by an ancient stone Gandhara Buddha head, while the body and clothing were free formed from memory and intuition.
This piece is meant to inspire awareness and equanimity. Of course buying this sculpture will not make someone a Buddha, but it may serve as a reminder to observe life objectively, and not react to anything with craving or aversion.
If you would like to learn the art of meditation, check out www.dhamma.org, the free 10 day courses they offer worldwide are among the greatest gifts I've ever received. This hand built ceramic sculpture is inspired by almost 5 years of vipassana meditation, a practice taught by the Buddha as a path to live a wholesome life, become the master of one's own mind, and develop liberating wisdom through direct experience of the law of impermanence.
May this piece be an inspiration to practice diligently to realize truth and find wisdom in every situation.