Mountains and Water

These pieces are inspired by traditional Chinese pen-jing, literally 'potted landscape'. Each landscape has two components: mountains and water, or shan-shui. Each shan-shui landscape is its own world. Not a representation. An actual world. In a pot.

We made them out of paper because we like paper. And because paper is cheap, disposable and everyday: perfect for creating possibility, mystery and subtlety.

And we wrote little haikus for each of the landscapes. 'Cos of Zen.


Winter claws at door / Burn slow incense and watch for / Blossom in the snow


Wet rock, spring splashes / New leaves welcome old friends home / Two cranes, and three eggs


Pour hot tea and wait / Thick summer breeze; tea’s gone cold. / No one came today


Autumn fire; cold night / Wonder where that boat’s going / Come back! Lonely house