In 1984 in a ceramics shop in Japantown (San Francisco) I encountered a very roughly made green glazed Oribe flower arranging dish and fell into a state of deep appreciation for what I now understand to be wabi sabi qualities. These qualities have remained a guiding philosophy in my life and work.
Wabi Sabi is an aesthetic term which is difficult to pin down. It is strongly related to the Buddhist idea of impermanence. All things are imperfect and continuously decaying. Within this process is a quiet dance of beauty that can touch our hearts if we can remain open and receptive.
This kind of work develops as much from appreciation and insight as from technical skill. The boldness of effort and bare honesty of failure that a beginner experiences are qualities I have sought to appreciate, foster, and preserve in my work. I focus on a flowing process of making in which I pay close attention to how I feel and anything surprising or unexpected that arises. This could be from many places- a piece of debris in the clay, an accidental movement, an impulsive gesture. By allowing and honoring forces that seem to be outside myself, it seems an effortless creativity arises.