Takaezu, Toshiko. White Closed-Form Vessel. 1990s. Toshiko Takaezu's glazed stoneware, "White Closed-Form Vessel," conveys the Good Life theme of self-expression. Takaezu wrote messages inside of the closed vessels, thus she would be the only person that knew what the messages said unless someone were to smash her artwork. Her artistic process was a form of self-reflection and her way of leaving a legacy and mark on the world. She attests, "And when an artist produces a good piece, that work has mystery, an unsaid quality; it is alive." The mysterious level of her work aids my understanding of personal autonomy and self-expression because art is commonly appreciated by a community, but Takaezu withheld an aspect of her art in order to remain in control of her expression.