The Rockingham County Gazette, Derry Edition - Vol 6, No 12 - March 19, 1980
"Stephen Goss said he likes to step in mud. But he wouldn't touch it with his hands. (He) would like to end the mud season with minimal fanfare."
How things have changed.
I make wheel-thrown and hand-built functional pottery with the emphasis on the tactile, the intention of contemplation, and the aesthetics of wabi-sabi.
The objects made by my hands should feel right in your hands, unique vessels from which to eat and drink while pondering life, the universe, and everything.
Or to simply enjoy a nice hot cup of tea.
Wabi-sabi is a Japanese philosophy that celebrates the beauty in imperfection, the acceptance of impermanence, and recognizes the bittersweet joy of a fleeting moment.
As one author concisely wrote, this way of being “nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.” (i.e. everything is imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete.)
I attempt to capture this fascinating and elusive concept in the items I create with the hope that they will be enjoyed frequently and cherished often - these are meant to develop a patina, not gather dust.
Perhaps something new will be noticed with each use; in the touch of the surface or balance of the shape, a color or crackle in the glazing, or some small detail previously unnoticed.
Maybe some profound personal revelation will emerge or memorable serendipitous events will happen with one of my textured tea bowls in your hands...
Or merely a mindful moment just being, as is, here and now, will be experienced, reflected upon, and fondly remembered.
Not all items seen on my site are for sale, please visit my Etsy store to see what is available. And feel free to contact me with any inquires, it’s quite possible things are not up to date or I could have something similar to peek your interest.
*All of my pottery is high-temperature glaze fired stoneware and porcelain (cone 10 reduction & oxidation) and is non-toxic, lead-free, dishwasher-ready, and microwave-safe… but I would encourage you to caress these with hot soapy water and not zap them with radiation.
Hollowed out, clay makes a pot. Where the pot’s not is where it is useful.
-Tao Te Ching
-Tao Te Ching
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