The tradition of Kokeshi dolls is dated to the early 1800's in northern Japan. Since then they have gone on to become collectibles and tourist souvenirs.
This video about Tibetan Blackware Pottery makes an interesting companion to yesterday's video on African pottery. There are many similarities, especially the low temperature firing in little more than a bonfire, but a noticeable gender switch and a change in scale and refinement.
Rob Gonsalves is a Canadian painter who describes his style as magic realism, and which perhaps incorporates the surreal style of René Magritte with the perspective of M. C. Escher. His work uses a lot of repetitive patterns that morph from one form to another to create an illusion. In this short documentary he talks some more about his work.
Laura Ellen Bacon creates sculptural spaces from willow. In this video she is working on an installation that fills the old kitchen of Barrington Court, in Somerset, England. She discusses her work and talks about the materials that she uses with her supplier, Musgrove Willows.