Josh Herman is fascinated by the inner and outer landscapes of the creative process. Centered in the Hakomi tradition, an experiential, mindfulness-based therapy rooted in Taoism, he stays focused on drawing the form out of the clay, using it as a vehicle for self-discovery. Sensual, organic, and tactile, his pottery and sculptures are a direct reflection of his world-view. He works in tandem with the clay and his signature volcanic glazes to create the final result, and his work is a commentary on a more mindful way of living. Expression, mindfulness, intuition, and sensuality are at the heart of each piece.
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The Last Days of Pompeii addresses the potent legacy of the ancient city of Pompeii in the modern imagination. The eruption of Mount Vesuvius in A.D. 79 destroyed yet paradoxically preserved the city of Pompeii and neighboring towns. Seemingly frozen in time, they are often considered the places where we can best access the daily lives of ancient Romans. While providing windows to the past, since their rediscovery in the early 1700s, the Vesuvian cities have also served as mirrors of the shifting present. For three centuries they have remained a constant obsession, inspiring foremost artists—from Piranesi, Fragonard, Ingres, and Alma-Tadema to Duchamp, Dalí, Rothko, and Warhol—to examine contemporary concerns, such as sexual identity, psychoanalysis, the nuclear threat, collective memory, and the nature of art.