parted by thought
becomes a self and world
– Rupert Spira
Deep bowl, embossed poem under Chun glaze
23 cm h x 23 cm d
… the writing helps create an unfamiliar space where the pot becomes the carrier of the text and the text the carrier of the pot. Words are supposed to float in two dimensions, but here the pot and the text have a strange pull between them. Is the pot commenting on the text?
Spira pushes these ideas hard: this is not about words as decoration. As with Kenzan, there is the knowledge of how to layer meanings, how to play with the images that words bring forth and with the feelings that forms create. By embossing his poems he takes the connection between reading with the eye and reading with the hand to another level of sensitivity.
Rupert Spira knows about the texture of words. This puts him amongst a wonderful, enlivening group of artists and poets from across the centuries. In his new pots with their words ‘embedded like a vein of quartz‘, to use his own phrase, we can see and feel something special is happening.
– Edmund de Waal
Detail showing embossed poem
Edmund de Waal is a leading British potter and writer on ceramics. (Edmund is also widely known for his international bestseller The Hare with Amber Eyes)
This short extract is from: A single line of writing embedded like a vein of quartz
Read the entire essay at Rupert Spira’s website
Rupert Spira at the artisans’ gallery
Love is the discovery that others are not others;
beauty is the discovery that objects are not objects.
– Rupert Spira