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MARSHALL-INMAN G a l l e r y & S t u d i o s
W A B I S A B I S U S H I W A R E
WOODWORK BY BASIL MARSHALL-INMAN POTTERY SERVING DISHES BY GLENYS MARSHALL-INMAN
BWS20-2 $ 39 EACH INDIVIDUAL PLATE
SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SIZES
APPROX L14" W 6"
GWS20-1 $125 SET 4 POTTERY DISHES - Soya - Soup/Rice - Tea Bowl - Saki
GWS20-2 $125 SET 4 POTTERY DISHES - Soya - Soup/Rice - Tea Bowl - Saki
FUNCTIONAL CERAMICS - intrinsic - belonging naturally - essential
WABI SABI DINNERWARE - Wabi-Sabi - The Japanese Philosophy For a Perfectly Imperfect Life.
Early in my career and steeped in the Japanese-Hamada/British-Leach movement, I read “The Book
of Tea” by Okakura Kazuko. This was and continues to be the most insightful book that I have
ever read. I do not know how many times I have read it …. and it continues to influence my life.
I have always taken great enjoyment in the experimentation of forms and glazes, and have felt a distinct dislike of having to make matching, western style dinnerware. In our industrially mass produced society, when I have the opportunity to break with uniformity and monotony, why would I choose to enhance ‘sameness’ in any way? Hence my choice of using the name WABI SABI DINNERWARE. No two pieces can possibly be the same, each is made individually by hand and glazed with anticipation.
In my search for something uniquely ‘mine’ I have taken a myriad of directions. Influences have been worked through, discarding and conjoining until something with potential would appear. Initially
making pieces for enjoying eating Sushi from, to making all my functional work in a similar way.
A delightful analogy is the fact that traditionally, Japanese food is served on many different types of
serving dishes, all different in their own right, re form, decoration, size etc. This gives me great
freedom of expression in my functional work, allowing me to make ‘choices’ for people to use at their discretion in the communal act of eating, drinking and sharing food, regardless of the type of food eaten.
Although the work is dishwasher safe, I also encourage the work to be 'washed' by hand. When wet all sorts of nuances appear in the work. Color, texture, weight, form etc which makes you slow down and imagine the human touch that has created the object. A small humanizing act of appreciation.
GWS20-3 $125 SET 4 POTTERY DISHES - Soya - Soup/Rice - Tea Bowl - Saki
F O R S A L E
F O R S A L E
F O R S A L E
BWS20-1 $100 EACH SUSHI SERVING PLATTER
EACH PIECE SLIGHTLY DIFFERENT SIZE
APPROX L25" W7"
Each of us are a sum of who has gone before us.
We stand upon the shoulders of our ancestors and teachers
and all of those who have given us guidance on this creative journey.
Apropros to Appropriation I acknowledge the gift of access to sources during my
Art Education, particularly Art History - that have given me insight and imagination.
Greek Minoen Frescoes - Cycladic Pottery - The use of natural coloured clays and
pigments. Used since the Stone Age, Palaeolithic times - ie Lascaux cave paintings.
Native US Mimbres Pottery - The Unique Spatial Design system used within a
circle for their extraordinary Black on White Pottery decoration.
Korean-Japanese - The Aesthetics of Ceramics. The words Wabi Sabi - used in
explanation of my functional work, and the Enso, a sacred symbol in
Zen Buddhism - used in decoration.
NEW WORK FROM THE KILN FOR WABI SABI DINNERWARE