Best of luck

The story be­hind these “fin­gers crossed” ceramic sculp­tures.

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Who made them? Bolden Ce­ram­ics, a.k.a. Jen Collins of Toronto (via Scot­land). How did she make them? “One of the rea­sons I started play­ing with clay was to slow down—noth­ing can be com­pleted in a day. The whole process for these par­tic­u­lar pieces can take just over a week. Each piece is formed by hand in porce­lain clay, with de­tails added us­ing a tiny brush, and then bisque fired once it’s dry enough. When it comes out of the kiln, I ap­ply a glaze coat­ing and then it’s fired again at a much higher tem­per­a­ture. When it comes out of the sec­ond fir­ing, it’s com­plete.” Does that ever go wrong? “So many things can go wrong—the piece can crack when dry­ing, ex­plode in the kiln or be ac­ci­den­tally bro­ken— that it’s a re­lief to get to the end of the process and have things work out. My least-favourite part of the process is glazing; it’s the last stage where I feel I have con­trol over the out­come, so to take a piece out of the kiln and find that the glaze is too thick or too thin—or that it cracked or ran—feels like fall­ing at the last hur­dle!” Why did she make them? “I was look­ing at mak­ing a ceramic ver­sion of ges­tures that sym­bol­ize luck; whilst not univer­sal (the ges­ture is used to ex­cuse white lies), the act of cross­ing your fin­gers is widely used and rec­og­nized as a means of wish­ing for good for­tune.” But will it change a per­son’s life? “I can’t prom­ise this piece will solve your prob­lems, but some­times it’s help­ful to have some­thing as a re­minder to step back and take a breath be­fore tak­ing con­trol of a sit­u­a­tion and hope­fully cre­at­ing your own luck.” ($55 to $70, bold­ence­ram­ics.com) h

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