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The Buddha Builder


The beautiful Buddha art of Anita Feng


Hailing from Issaquah Mountain, which is east of Seattle, ” TheBuddhaBuilder ” ( Anita Feng ) is a unique potter, who primarily focuses on building objects around a Buddha theme. She works intuitively as reflected in the statement,  ” if  I can move my ideas out of the way and just allow my hands to lead, how much more integrated and alive the work becomes !”  She claims  “My raku Buddhas offer a synthesis of east and west — the ancient inheritance of Zen meets modern American creativity. They also represent an exploration of the question, what does Buddha look like? After all, the word “buddha” means “to wake up” or “the awakened one”. So what does openness of mind look like? Clay is a perfect medium to explore that question, as it is so open a material to work with. It can be pulled, thrown, molded, rolled–anything! And it is composed of all the elements of life — earth, air, fire, water, metal. Incorporating thirty years of Zen training, plus over thirty years work as a professional potter, along with my life-time involvement in poetry and music, I work the clay into a joyful, sincere and dance-like marriage between east and west.”

I find her Kwan Yin creations true to the female Bodhisattva and her creativity seems boundless. She successfully combines traditional Raku with contemporary techniques, while integrating her Zen influences intrinsically into her art. Observing her pottery is a meditation in itself.  Her actual  Buddha pieces exude an exquisite subtlety and the results are refreshing and brimming with pure spontaneity.



Kuan Yin Statue by Anita Feng

Kuan Yin by Anita Feng



Buddha Vase

Buddah statue in blue, red copper, silver wonder.  18″ high, 9″ wide



Raku clouds sculpture - Anita Feng

 Clouds Passing In Front of a Gold Crackle Raku Moon – Anita Feng



raku-Buddha-Builder figurine

Anita Feng Buddha statue



Ceramic Buddha face pendant by Anita Feng

Buddha Pendant



Cloud Computing Kwan Yin Goddess Angel - ceramic raku wall hanging by Anita Feng

‘Cloud Computing Kwan Yin Goddess Angel’ – Anita Feng



Raku Buddha Garden Art



Clouds and Crackle Moon Raku Wall Hanging

11″ wide 8″ high



Raku serving dish Anita Feng

Raku Serving Dish

In Anita’s words :

A gorgeous, softly glowing shallow serving dish or bowl!  Thrown on the wheel with embellished “handles” on the side. Decorated using the technique known as “naked raku”, which means that there is no glaze on the piece at all. The raw surface was burnished carefully before firing the first time. Then a thick slip was applied before the second raku firing. Afterwards, the slip flakes off and, voila, a lovely crackle pattern is revealed.



Pottery Buddha With a Golden Beauty Mark by Anita Feng

‘Pottery Buddha With a Golden Beauty Mark’ – Anita Feng



Laughing Buddah Pond

‘Laughing Buddha Pond’ – statue by Anita Feng



Seated Buddha sculpture by Anita Feng ( TheBuddhaBuilder)
Seated Buddha – Anita Feng

Buddha with Colour by Anita Feng

‘Buddha with Colour’ sculpture – Anita Feng



Wall Art Buddha Head

‘Wall Art Buddha Head’ – Anita Feng



raku tea bowl in turquoise green with ink highlights - Anita FengRaku Tea Bowl



Beautiful Kwan Yin statue created by Anita Feng ( TheBuddhaBuilder)

‘Kwan Yin Goddess Statue in the Clouds’ – Anita Feng



Kwan Yin Emerging From the Golden Stream

‘Kwan Yin Emerging From the Golden Stream’ – Anita Feng