perfect ten

February 15, 2021

I’ve been working on a set of ten plates for weeks, and I can’t get them all to stack flat. It’s not just the warping. It’s the cracks, the smudges and the uneven glazes, too. It’s one of life’s great ironies, that we embrace (seek out, even) such imperfections in other people’s work, and yet see them as defects in our own. The lens through which we judge ourselves is so often distorted by pre-conceived ideas, self doubt and unrealistic standards. So when I came across this wonky stack of plates by the talented, Ella Bendrups, I was reminded of what it is that I love about handmade pottery. The smudges, the fingerprints, the wonky rims. And more importantly, the maker’s celebration of such imperfections. Adjusting the lens, that’s what I need to keep working on. Just as much as my plate making skills.

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