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These Perfect, Shiny Spheres Started Out as Dirt

Hikaru dorodango, or "shiny dumpling," is the Japanese art of shaping mud into lustrous, perfect balls. This short film from P2 Photography profiles Bruce Gardner at his studio in Albuquerque, New Mexico. Watch the process unfold as Gardner collects and sifts the dirt, mixes it with water, and then molds it into its finished state.

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