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Abundance of Life

Abundance of Life

How much room do I have for displaying all the things which touch my soul? Things I want to show and tell, which touch me, delight me and reflect myself. It would be an area as large as the surface of the things that touch me.
A tiny portion, but nevertheless these two pots show fireworks of symbolism and floral patterns. Pots like these were created just for their own sake, out of pure joy and passion for beauty.
There was a time in China when such pots were used for plants and were articles of daily use. Life was celebrated regarding even the finest and smallest detail. Unfortunately only the rich and aristocratic people had the privilege to enjoy all this.
The idea of replicating such a masterpiece has fascinated me from the beginning. Reaching perfection was not my ambition as it is impossible to achieve when only one copy is made. What touches me is to ignore time and to feel the structures of the clay. Only when both, the clay and the potter, devote themselves to each other they can merge and become a unity.
The pots shown below are no exact replica as I have used the original motifs, but changed the shapes due to the dimensions of the kiln.
What belongs to our life, in the small facet bonsai, and what can be celebrated, is viewing a flower, a twig, a nebari, a pot on which the moss of time is growing.
Perishability, the wonderful melancholy of bonsai and the pot it is growing in, is a great experience in life.
 
 
 
 
 
Size: 50 cm x 32 cm x 21 cm - 4/1993
 
Translation: Heike van Gunst

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