YOBITSUGI : ‘Beauty in Imperfection’

My YOBITSUGI Glass series is inspired by the traditional Japanese restoration technique for ceramic tea bowls. Broken pieces are joined back together with URUSHI lacquer toned with gold dust, emphasizing the cracks as a beautiful decorative feature, rather than hidden repair work.
It was the samurai and their Tea Masters in the Edo period who first perceived the potential for beauty in the cracks and devised this special repairing technique. The samurai enjoyed tea ceremonies between their battles, to reach a state of ”ZEN", and used YOBITSUGI tea bowls with the cracks serving as a metaphor for “death and rebirth”.
The aesthetics of this tradition have continued for over 400 years and to this day YOBITSUGI restored tea bowls are valued as National Treasures, celebrating beauty in imperfection. I continue this tradition with a new interpretation of YOBITSUGI, in my glass works to emphasize this Japanese philosophy of Beauty and to encourage harmony with imperfection.
I hope you can see the pulsing beauty in the rush of the vein of the vessel cracks.




< 呼継 >

致命的な傷である器の割れに美を見い出した先達に思いを馳せる。
戦国の時代、生死をかけた戦の中で茶を愉しんだ侍たちが
ヒビを金で強調してまで表現したのは何だったのだろう。
ヒビは即ち余白、それは虚無、自由、無限 ・・・ 。
「不完全の美」の精神を礎に、私は自身の解釈でヒビの美を追求する。
自ら作った器を叩き割り、再び熔かして継ぐ。
ガラスの儚さと力強さを以って表現するのは「生命の煌めき」。

*呼継(よびつぎ)とは陶芸の伝統的な修復技法である金継(きんつぎ)の一種。
 陶器の壊れて足りなくなった部分に別の陶片を埋め合わせて漆で留め、継ぎ目に金を蒔くもの。