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
every time I open my eyes
Love is the discovery that others are not others;
beauty is the discovery that objects are not objects.
– Rupert Spira
Author, poet and potter Colin Drake has generously contributed a new piece of writing – Awareness and Creativity. Here’s a taste…
… awareness is endlessly creative, continually creating everything that arises in the universe, and also continually destructive in that every ‘thing’, which is ephemeral, finally returns back into that. For all motion arises in stillness, exists in stillness, is known by its comparison with stillness, and eventually subsides back into stillness. For example, if you walk across a room, before you start there is stillness, as you walk the room is still and you know you are moving relative to this stillness, and when you stop once again there is stillness. In the same way every ‘thing’ (consciousness in motion) arises in awareness (consciousness at rest), exists in awareness, is known in awareness and subsides back into awareness. Awareness is still, but is the container of all potential energy which is continually bubbling up into manifestation (physical energy) and then subsiding back into stillness. […]
– Colin Drake
The complete article: awareness and creativity
Chris Hebard from Stillness Speaks interviews ceramicist and nonduality writer Rupert Spira.
Where is beauty located?
A dialogue about art, consciousness, advaita and nonduality, this video is a must-see. I’ve been trying to upload it onto the blog for ages now – guess I’m seriously lacking some tech skills.
Never mind – you can hop over to Rupert’s website and watch it there, or visit Stillness Speaks and watch it – plus others – there. And I’m sure Rupert and Chris will enjoy your feedback …
The artist has to re-present our world of conceptualised objects, separated and extended in space and time, as it really is. He has to reinterpret our model of reality in line with direct experience and to convey this ‘taste of eternity’. We could call this twofold activity contemplation and creativity. Contemplation is the passive aspect; creativity is the dynamic aspect. These are two inseparable aspects of consciousness.
I reasoned that if these two elements – the presence of an object in itself and the consciousness to which it appears – are essential ingredients of every object, there must be a relationship between them. So I began to explore the relationship between consciousness and its object, between that which sees, hears, feels and thinks and that which is seen, heard, felt and thought about. I reasoned that if there is a distinction between the two, there must be some perceivable interface or border between them. I looked for such a border between the subject and its object, but could not find one.
– Rupert Spira
rupert spira at the artisans’ gallery