flawed

November 21, 2019

I held a little pinch pot made by Hackney-based ceramicist, Ana Kerin the other day, and felt inspired to whip up some bowls of my own. They were small and wonky, with rims that looked unfinished. It was the imperfection, and the artist’s celebration of that imperfection, that I was drawn to. And yet, in my own attempts, I tinkered, smoothed and polished away all the lumps and bumps that I had so enjoyed in Kerin’s work. We’re so forgiving, embracing even, of another maker’s marks. Finger prints. Wonky rims. Scratchy signatures. But in our own work, we see flaws. Mistakes. Kerin’s style, confidence,  is one I aspire to. I’m on my way; practice makes more practice.

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