“To see beauty in that which is imperfect, old, modest and authentic.. “
This quote is the inspiration for my work. It is the core of Wabi-sabi, an ancient Japanese philosophy and aesthetic.
Over time, objects are affected, colors change and new patterns emerge. I find the imperfection that arises interesting. It tells the story of the object. Clay fits the philosophy of wabi-sabi. I make simple shapes that often refer to old, functional pottery. They don't have to be completely perfect.
Not only for the shape but also for the finish of my work I look for techniques that fit within wabi-sabi. Alternative firing techniques give the colors and random patterns that I'm looking for.
In recent years I have specialized in saggar firing in an electric kiln.
My challenge is to always find (new) possibilities that reflect the 'feel' of wabi-sabi.