"As Zauli's work in stoneware progressed, he not only abandoned traditional materials, he abandoned an entire ideology that dictated what ceramics could and could not be. At first this meant creating contemporary but functional forms, but later he forwent function altogether to explore sculptural forms that bore no resemblance to anything that came before. Instead of ornate platters and decorative vases, his work seemed to have emerged from the earth itself, with organic curves, jagged edges, cracks and fissures that reflected the artist's keen connection with nature. It was this passion for the natural world that made his work revered in Japan."
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