Porcelain | Wenatchee, WA | 2013

Our local museum packs room after room with beautiful art and artifacts. So it wouldn’t surprise me to discover that curators there also consider the building’s restrooms as unofficial displays of design and culture. In particular, the second-floor men’s room boasts marble walls, tiled floors and porcelain fixtures — sinks, toilets, urinals — that cradle light like fine sculptures. With every visit, I further appreciate how such lowly, functional fittings were raised to the level of Art by the skills of unknown craftsmen decades ago.