The artist Bruce Gardner is a master of a curious form of Japanese art called hikaru dorodango (literally: ‘shining dough ball’) where regular dirt is slowly made into perfect, shiny spheres. Objects take several hours to create increasingly fine dirt particles to create each layer.
Depending on the desired effect, a cloth can be used to create a thin layer of varnish to give the final outer layer a shine similar to a billiard ball. Despite its appearance, the full dorodango remains extremely fragile and must be treated with extreme care. It seems that the purpose of making them could be more focused on the meditative benefits derived from the process itself than in the longevity of the works of art.