Had an amazing semester abroad at RMIT. Loved working at the @ngvmelbourne, working with and learning from @gt2p and meeting so many great people! ----- Pictured above: The Unity Bowl is a ceramic bowl whose softly folded rim acts as a chopstick holder highlighting the chopsticks--utensils that are often overlooked--while also unifying the rice bowl, soup bowl, and chopstick holder, which are all essentials in a Chinese place setting. Bringing these three objects and functions together in a single piece conveys Confucius’s teachings of harmonization.
It has layers inside reflecting Confucius’s teachings on patience, perseverance, and discipline, all of which are required to make the bowl’s layers, but also are experienced when eating. As you eat you can see your progress as each layer is revealed. The chopsticks and bowl stand are made of Tasmanian oak which makes the chopsticks stand out, while not overpowering the bowl. The grain speaks of nature, a phenomena which embodies harmony, and mimics the soft layers in the bowl.