Making Shiny Balls of Mud is a Surprisingly Beautiful Art Form

By Casey Chan on at

Mix a little dirt and mud, shape it with your hands, and out pops a beautiful shiny mud ball. So goes the Japanese art of Hikaru Dorodango. It takes so much more work than that, of course, but it really looks like a person is just (skilfully) playing with mud. And then you see the finished product and see the uniqueness of each dorodango’s surface and they look like their own little planets.

P2 Photography writes:

Bruce Gardner excels at the Japanese art of Hikaru Dorodango, or “Shiny Dumpling”. He first learned about the practice from the sci-fi writer William Gibson, and the rest is history. Bruce is based in Albuquerque, New Mexico.