Wabi-sabi (侘寂) represents a comprehensive Japanese world view or aesthetic centered on the acceptance of transience and imperfection. The aesthetic is sometimes described as one of beauty that is “imperfect, impermanent, and incomplete”. It is a concept derived from the Buddhist teaching of the three marks of existence (三法印 sanbōin), specifically impermanence (無常 mujō), the other two being suffering (苦 ku)and emptiness or absence of self-nature (空 kū).
Characteristics of the wabi-sabi aesthetic include asymmetry, asperity (roughness or irregularity), simplicity, economy, austerity, modesty, intimacy, and appreciation of the ingenuous integrity of natural objects and processes.
Andrew has repeatedly returned to ceramics as an industrial designer, a crafts practitioner and as a sculptor. These bowls were created spontaneously, beginning with no preconceptions, allowing each form to inspire and dictate the next. The glazes were applied with the same spontaneity, and then the raku firing process added it’s own forces to create a rich patina on each form. They were originally created to be exhibited as a group of 50 but now they have separated to form small private collections.