wabi sabi

October 20, 2017

The best potters are the ones with a wabi sabi attitude. They embrace imperfections of the handmade, and accept and respect the fragility of the medium. Museums are filled with ceramics that have survived centuries –– other pieces crack before they get to the first firing. I’m learning from the dozens of binned pieces, that one cannot get too attached to a plate. Last week at the studio, while making room for my work, I carelessly broke another potter’s bowl. “I learned in my first session of pottery classes, that it is truly the practice of non attachment,” Adele wrote in response to my apology. “Each pot teaches us something.” On a shelf in my living room, sits the first bowl I made. It has a crack in it that renders it useless. But I keep it, display it, as a reminder of where I started and how far I’ve come.

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