The beauty of imperfection.
Sometimes I find a shard in the ground or some other object affected by sand and water. Rusted, discolored. I really like that atmosphere, that imperfection. I immediately wonder: where does it come from? How old is it?
I want that atmosphere to be reflected in my work. In my search for suitable firing techniques I ended up with saggar firing. I can influence this firing technique, but not control it. The imperfection can be seen in the random patterns and colors.
In recent work I break the pieces after the bisque fire and fire them separatly in the saggar. After the saggar fire I put them back together. This creates random patterns.
The atmosphere of my work touches on wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy and aesthetic that assumes that perfection does not exist.
- Wabi Sabi, the art of imperfection
- Yoeke Nagel in Libelle
- Wabi-Sabi: For Artists, Designers, Poets & Philosophers, by Leonard Koren (book)