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lyssa archery

The pottery gallery

My passion for handcrafted pottery, even as a relative newcomer to the craft, burns brightly within me. What drives this passion is not just the act of creating ceramics, but the deep reverence I hold for the ancient Japanese pottery masters who have paved the way for artisans like me.

I’m drawn to handcrafted pottery because it embodies a harmonious blend of tradition and innovation. The wisdom of generations of Japanese potters, their respect for the natural world, and their dedication to perfection have left an indelible mark on my creative spirit. Each piece I create is an homage to their legacy, a humble attempt to capture the essence of their timeless artistry.

The Japanese pottery tradition, with its emphasis on wabi-sabi—a celebration of imperfection and impermanence—resonates with me on a profound level. It reminds me that beauty can be found in the irregularities and asymmetry of handmade pieces. This philosophy inspires me to embrace the unique quirks and idiosyncrasies of each creation, celebrating the character they bring to my work.

The process of handcrafting pottery is a meditative journey for me, much like it was for the old masters. I find solace in the careful balance of form, function, and aesthetics. The slow, deliberate shaping of clay and the mindful application of glazes connect me to a timeless rhythm that transcends the hurried pace of modern life. It’s in this process that I discover my own voice as an artist.

While I may be new to the world of pottery, my passion is unwavering. It’s the thrill of creating something both utilitarian and beautiful, and the quiet satisfaction of seeing my vision take shape in my hands. It’s the inspiration drawn from the ancient Japanese masters, their reverence for nature, and their pursuit of perfection.

As I continue on this journey, I am both humbled and inspired by the legacy of Japanese pottery. With each piece I create, I strive to honor their tradition while adding my own unique voice to the conversation. I am passionate about handcrafted pottery because it allows me to connect with history, nature, and my own creativity in a way that fills my life with purpose and meaning, regardless of how long I’ve been in the game.

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