Art Education and Ceramics
This body of work celebrates the beautiful journey of being broken and put back together again. Kintsugi is the art of golden joinery, taking an object that is broken and giving it a new life that is strong and beautiful by mending it with gold. This practice is symbolic of healing and resilience, and that philosophy has been a voice of hope this past year. We are a broken object that needs patience and love to heal. We all need to wear our experiences and scars with pride. Mending my flaws with gold makes me feel powerful and bright, that those things are what give me value and make me shine. Kintsugi has roots in the aesthetic philosophy of Wabi-sabi. This philosophy embraces and celebrates flaws, imperfections.
Every crack in this collection is a different experience and a different story to tell. Each of my pieces I see as a fragment of myself. Each with its own story. Each with its own flaws. Every geometric form is aesthetically balanced with a curvilinear opening; the geometric aspect showing we are all strong vessels . The cracks of gold show how when we break, we learn and mend. The curvilinear openings then symbolize openness to growth and change. The functionality of this collection is to hold plants and flowers to further balance the geometric with organic, structure holding nature. This idea of opposites and balance is also present in the hues. The natural black is used to make the gold standout and shine in comparison. . The vessel itself is larger in size, 12”x15”x15”, this allows it to hold plants as well as making it a focal point in a room. Knowing that I have imperfections in my life, I want to share that it is okay to remember the hard times because that is how we grow and become the beautiful souls we are.