Imperfection Reflection

P1070775-EditsmallBack in the day when our art gallery was going full blast, we had a show for a lovely man who went by the professional name of Brother Thomas. In fact Thomas Bezanson was indeed a Benedictine monk at Weston Priory in Vermont for 25 years and then was the artist-in-residence with the Benedictine Sisters of Erie, Pennsylvania from 1985 until his death in 2007. (Lucky monk!)

The man was a master of porcelain glazes. So much so that he would occasionally not completely finish glazing a pot just to see how the imperfection looked after it had been fired. This photograph is of an unglazed section of a stunning large deep blue pot.

The imperfections make the piece even more beautiful.

This kind of work appeals tremendously to me. 

2 Comments on “Imperfection Reflection

  1. A good example of why, in many cultures, “imperfections” that give evidence to the imperfections of the hands of Man are valued. The fingerprints left in glazes, the marks left in a table top that has been hand planed and not sanded smooth–and flat, the slight sign of hesitation at the beginning stroke of a Summi-e painting. These things remind us all that humans are not perfect, and to insist on perfection is an afront to the true craftsman–and to Nature.

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