a common bowl was an installation and subsequent film based on the offering of over 100 porcelain and stoneware bowls and cups that I produced in my studio at the University of Hawai'i at Mānoa. I produced the wares with the intent to deposit them into the Free Store, a public autonomous system of exchange, while documenting how pedestrians interacted with the work as they walked past. The film spotlights the interactions I found most interesting as the project unfolded throughout the day. It took only three hours for every vessel to be taken and the Free Store to be reclaimed by everyday objects. When designing this project I was curious if the pedestrians passing through the Art Building would find value in the wares. Would the fact that they didn't have to exchange any currency influence passersby's decisions of taking the work, which piece they took, or how many? I also questioned if the general populace still placed value in handcrafted objects and if this disposition would come across through their response to the piece. Along with questions of value I was probing into a realm of social class, wealth, and affordability of handcrafted objects. Who can realistically afford these objects, and do those who appreciate the work always fall into the former category? On November 1st, this installation provided quality handcrafted ceramics to anyone who found value in them, regardless of income, class or any other social determining factor.