Functional Studio Pottery
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Hollowed out, Clay makes a pot. Where the pot's not Is where it's useful. -Lao Tsu, Tao Te Ching, 11
I make wheel-thrown and hand-built functional pottery with the emphasis on the tactile, the intention of contemplation, and the aesthetics of wabi-sabi.
The objects made by my hands should feel right in yours, unique vessels from which to eat and drink while pondering life, the universe, and everything.
Or to simply enjoy a nice hot cup of tea.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese term derived from Zen Buddhist philosophy that celebrates the beauty in flaws and decay, the acceptance of transience and aging, and recognizes the bittersweet joy of a fleeting moment.
As one author concisely wrote, this way of being “nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” (i.e. everything is impermanent, incomplete, and imperfect.)
Another described it as “If an object or expression can bring about, within us, a sense of serene melancholy and a spiritual longing, then that object could be said to be wabi-sabi.”
I attempt to capture this fascinating and elusive concept in the items I create with the hope that they will be appreciated and enjoyed frequently – these pieces are meant to develop a patina, not gather dust.
Perhaps something previously unnoticed will be found with each use; in the touch of the surface, the balance of the shape, a color captured in different light, or crackle within the glazing.
Maybe some profound personal revelation will emerge or a memorable serendipitous event will happen with one of my textured tea bowls in your hands…
Or merely, and more likely, a simple mindful moment just being, as is, here and now, will be experienced, reflected upon, and fondly remembered.
All of my pottery is high-temperature glaze fired stoneware and porcelain (cone 10 reduction & oxidation) from Mudflat Pottery Studios, and is non-toxic, lead-free, dishwasher-ready, and microwave-safe, but I would encourage you to caress these with hot soapy water and not zap them with radiation.