How Imperfection Can Make You Happy
What Brings you Joy?
Make your home and life reflect what brings you joy. Do you like bunnies? Is your greatest joy walking into a room and seeing 25 different figurines of bunnies staring back at you? Well, I am here to support you in the decision to buy those bunnies and place them around the room of your choice in any way that makes you smile.
You see, I’m at a place in my life where I no longer believe that we should be guided by convention. Ok. That’s a lie. I’ve never really been someone who was tied to convention, but I was still tied to the expectations of others, just like most people. But I’m slowing chipping away at that and I have to say I feel better and better everyday!
My Quest for Perfection
When I had a house in Washington, DC, I felt this need to fill it with a certain type of furniture (to match the house) and I was always striving for my home to be perfect and to fit in with the expectations of others (which it certainly was not and did not – it was a total fixer upper with holes in the wall and leaky plumbing). In fact, by the time I decided to sell it I was completely exhausted in my quest to make my house appear to be a perfectly matching place of bliss. In retrospect I would have been much happier if I had just done one room at a time and been happy with what I had…and picked out things that matched my own taste.
That house taught me a lot and I’m really grateful for it. If not for all the striving and battles with perfection that house brought to the forefront of my consciousness I wouldn’t be in the place that I am today....which is a place where I am today....a person that is comfortable in her own skin and getting more so each day. It’s also a place that has allowed me to become an experimental ceramic artist, which makes me very happy.
Imperfection and Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture
In ceramic classes, I was taught that work should be round and perfect. Glazes should be even, not have any pin holes (little craters), and you should certainly never have any cracks. But see, here’s the thing. I like cracks. Sometimes they can be really cool. One of my favorite gold modern sculptures has this big crack down on the edge and I think it adds so much character. In fact, the more I look at it, the more I wish there were more cracks. I also like uneven glazes. I like glazes that do crazy crazy things even if there’s quite a few pin holes as a result. The more I think about I don’t even understand why these rules exist. I guess I wouldn’t want my mug or plate to be cracked and pin holed but why on earth would that extend to modern sculpture?
Pushing the Boundaries of Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture
I have gotten to the point now that I am excited by ‘imperfection’ as others might call it. I am excited by the experimentation and innovation that pushing the rules to the side can bring because it makes me happy. In fact, one of my favorite abstract canvas prints is a picture of a ceramic wall plate that I made almost seven years ago that cracked from the pressure of having so many layers of glaze on it....when I took a picture of of it for my abstract print collection I found that I loved the way that the crack looked. What do you think?
I look forward to pushing these boundaries as far as possible in the future. I invite you to join me on my journey of experimentation and imperfection...I hope it will help you to forgive your own 'imperfections' and even celebrate them.
If you'd like to learn more about the beauty of imperfection, I highly recommend Brene Brown's Gifts of Imperfection.
Learn More About my Journey and Contemporary Ceramic Sculpture
If you'd like to learn more about my journey of imperfection and adventure, check out my book Adventures of a Curious Sculptor.
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