Statement

Hotei, or Laughing Buddha, is the patron of the weak, poor and children. He is a wandering monk who goes around the world taking sadness away from people and giving them gifts. Hotei is often depicted carrying a bag or an object. Each object symbolizes a specific gift such as happiness, joy, wealth or good fortune.

I imagine that these days Hotei have their hands full what with the world being the mess it is.  I like to fashion structures for them to seek refuge, rest their feet, recharge their batteries and restock their gifts.

Hotei Hideout
2011
Ceramic, resin, wood
13"h x 16"w x 16"d
Wood fired stoneware with melted glass and resin figure additions on cherry wood base.
Hotei Hideout detail
2011
Ceramic, resin, wood
Hotei Hideaway
2011
Ceramic, resin
13"h x 11"w x 11"d (irregular)
Raku fired stoneware with resin figure additions.
Hotei Hideaway detail
2011
Ceramic, resin
Falling Buddha
2004
Ceramic, glass, metal
10"h x 6" w
Raku fired stoneware with glass and metal additions.
Hotei Hotel
2005
Ceramic, metal, glass, resin, wax
10.5"h x 10"w x 2"d, irregular
Raku fired stoneware with glass, metal, resin and wax additions.
Happiness
2005
Ceramic, glass, metal, resin, wax
10.5"h x 6.5"w x 2"d, irregular
Raku fired stoneware with glass, metal, resin and wax additions.
Joy
2005
Ceramic, glass, metal, resin, wax
10.5"h x 6.5"w x 2"d, irregular
Raku fired stoneware with glass, metal, resin and wax additions.
Laughing Buddha
2005
Ceramic, glass, metal, resin, wax
10.5"h x 6.5"w x 2"d, irregular
Raku fired stoneware with glass, metal, resin and wax additions.
Good Fortune
2005
Ceamic, glass, metal, resin, wax
10.5"h x 6.5"w x 2"d, irregular
Raku fired stoneware with glass, metal, resin and wax additons.
Health
2005
Ceramic, glass, metal, resin, wax
10.5"h x6.5"w x 2"d, irregular
Raku fired stoneware with glass, metal, resin and wax additions.
Wealth
2005
Ceramic, glass, metal, resin, wax
10.5"h x 6.5"w x 2"d, irregular
Raku fired stoneware with glass, metal, resin and wax additions.