I’ve been working with pottery for many years now, and one of the most stunning events that made an impact on my professional life was to contemplate the last Raku Kichiezamon at the workshop making a Chawan. It was in that very moment when I became aware without a doubt of the path I wanted to follow regarding pottery.
I just need clay, my hands, and an oven, timeless tools to which I add some “yeast” from the principles of Zen aesthetics:
• Fukinsei (不均整) Asymmetry or irregularity. Nature itself is full of beauty and harmonious relationships that are asymmetrical yet balanced.
• Kanso (简素) Simplicity or elimination of clutter. Things are expressed in a plain, simple, natural manner.
• Shibui/Shibumi (渋味) Beautiful by being understated, or by being precisely what it was meant to be and not elaborated upon. Direct and simple way.
• Shizen (自然) Naturalness. Absence of pretense or artificiality, full creative intent unforced.
• Yugen (幽玄) Subtle profundity or suggestion rather than revelation.
• Datsuzoku (脱俗) Freedom from habit or formula. Escape from daily routine or the ordinary. Unworldly. Transcending the conventional.
• Seijaku (静寂)Tranquility. An air of energized calm, stillness and solitude.
In order to walk my own path towards balance, never forgetting humility and honesty