“I threw my first pot when I was 77 years old!
I do not use an electric wheel- instead, I use two wheels, which I made. One is a Korean-style kuratsu kick wheel. The other is a Bernard Leach-style treadle wheel. These wheels allow me to be much more expressive in the pots I throw. My pots are organic, sensual, rustic, sturdy, robust, and practical. They often appear to be imprecisely thrown. Actually, I let the clay express a mind of its own. Wabi-sabi in action!
I love the simple lines and proportions of Japanese ceremonial tea bowls and cups. Of course, the utility of these vessels is not limited to their historical usage. They are functional salad bowls, soup bowls, rice bowls, and beverage cups. Also, useful for display and endless other decorative and practical functions.
I am fascinated by the thought that these ceramic pieces made with the elements of clay, water, air, and fire can last over centuries.”
“When the moon has risen, there is little need for lanterns.”
Wabi-sabi is a beauty of things imperfect, and impermanent, and incomplete. It is a beauty of things modest and humble. It is a beauty of things unconventional.