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Like many of the artists in the show, I’d admired Matthias Kaiser’s work for a long time, looking for some excuse to contact him. Kaiser collects his own clay from tree roots near his studio in Germany; some of the pieces are glazed just as they are found, preserving the action of the hand pulling up material. He also has that great potter vibe, that simple unpretentious deepness. His idea of perfect happiness “exists only in blissful moments of forgetting the self;” his most treasured possession is “nice clay.”