The Japanese Art of Shaping Shiny Spheres of Mud

The Japanese art of hikaru dorodango involves hand-shaping mud and soil into smooth, shining earthen spheres. P2 Photography caught up with dorodango practitioner Bruce Gardner in the second installation of their “Buck the Cubicle” video series for an inside look at the odd yet hypnotizing hobby. After forming an initially wet ball of mud from soil found just outside his studio, Gardner slowly works layer upon layer of dry material into the sphere until, eventually, a gleaming dirt-marble takes shape. Watch Gardner work his magic at The Creator’s Project.