The beauty of imperfection


I am more often a free-form, or abstract ceramist, than a symmetric one. In my eyes, the beauty of uneven and imperfect shapes are very attractive, making each piece aesthetically unique. I get inspiration on the Japanese wabi-sabi trend, or the art of imperfection.

"Wabi-sabi represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence, specifically impermanence, the other two being suffering and emptiness or absence of self-nature".

Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes. How beautiful is this movement?

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