Before The Leaves Fall….
At this time of year, I scramble to make as many pieces for my “Botanical” collection as I can…knowing that sooner than I think, all of my inspiration will be gone.
But it’s not just inspiration that disappears — the building blocks for this collection literally fall from the trees, and then shrivel and die. I use real leaves and flowers in my work, carefully impressing them into soft clay to achieve the designs of nature I could never replicate with my clumsy hand.
Sometimes I intentionally pick leaves that have flaws — little crinkles or misshapen stems. I like to see nature on my dishes and bowls the way I see it in the ravine - sometimes imperfect. This is part of my fascination with “wabi sabi”, the art of seeing beauty in things that aren’t perfect.
As I’ve written previously, I’m not much concerned about perfection and like to see a finished piece that shows some of the struggles it’s been through to make it to the table. A misshapen leaf, a slightly warped shape, a glaze drip here and there all remind the user that the piece is handmade and subject to the challenges we all face in day to day living!
You can see all of my botanical pieces and their imperfections,here: http://www.etsy.com/shop/Clayshapes