Raku Text Egg in Stove Element with Spanish MossSmall Text Eggs"I think it's a lot more complicated 
than that . . ."Text egg in stove element with Spanish mossForgiveThomas Merton text eggBlackbird Triptych #4Coyote Triptych"Yesterday"Cherokee, North Carolina, 1957Protected WildlifeActual Entertainer"His house was perfect."Vase — "I think I could forgive you almost everything if you were here."Detail from vase — "I think I could forgive you almost anything if you were here."Poetry EggsDead Letter Reliquary #1Dead Letter Reliquary #2Raku Text FlowerpotsText Vases
These objects use utilitarian design—wheel thrown vessels, letterpress printing, and desktop publishing—as a starting point for expressions of personal and cultural memory.

The texts are remnants of poems, stories, and dreams, fragments read and remembered—words that become incantations and offerings.

Embedding these messages in clay and firing them in the kiln is an attempt to distill and purify anxiety, transmuting a worried mind—shape-shifting the objects and the words that mark them.

They become vessels—reliquaries, eggs, boxes, amulets—that carry messages from a world both found and imagined.

Closed and open, these containers are both practical and spiritual. Like worry beads and rosaries, talismans and totems, they belong to the class of things that marry language and matter, and assume that some things can’t be seen by looking directly at them.

—Bonnie Campbell