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.

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ヒビは即ち余白、それは虚無、自由、無限 ・・・ 。