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Monday, January 7th, 2013

Kizaemon Ido teabowl. Yi dynasty (16th. C)

This single Tea-Bowl is considered to be the finest in the world. Made for a purpose, made to do work. Sold to be used in everyday life. It is beauty born of use.

The plain and unagitated, the uncalculated, the harmless, the straightforward, the natural, the innocent, the humble, the modest: where does beauty lie if not in these qualities?

Hofner Dove Model 4914. Common Era (1977)

The meek, the austere, the un-ornate – these are the characteristics that gain man’s affection and respect.

Harmony between the concepts of economy and aesthetics are the very things that are likely to satisfy the highest developed perception.

Man is most free when his tools are proportionate to his needs.

The fundamental principle of the beauty of craft is no different from the spirit underlying all things. A true example of craft is the same as a passage of a holy scripture. Only in place of words, this spirit is conveyed through material, shape, color, and pattern.

Truly beautiful objects usually contain in them some element of irregularity: a going and stopping according to their inner law. The ideal of Greek beauty hardly permits of irregularity or asymmetry, for it was founded upon the symmetry of the human body. By contrast, the Oriental found irregular beauty in nature outside the human form.

"Wen" (Chinese): originally "grains of pebbles, ripples on water"; the natural lines of movement or beauty of lines and forms. In writing, the natural movement of one's thoughts and language.

One of the virtues of craft is that one feels no obtruding personality in them. The thing shines, not the maker.

-The above text was quoted from "The Unknown Craftsman" by Soetsu Yanagi, Kodansha International Press, 1989

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