"If you ever come across a piece of pottery that is perfect, you can be confident that it was produced by a machine. With pottery, you must seek near perfection. If you look carefully enough, you will always find some blemish that serves to remind us that the piece was crafted by a human hand. The longer you have to search, the greater the craftsman..."

Quote from 'False Impression' by Jeffrey Archer

Perfection....It's all subjective isn't it, each culture and generation has it's own ideas.

Take...say...Sevres porcelain, for example. Stunning...yes, Unique....yes, Made by the super talented....definitely, Perfection.....depends on your view.

Through the last few hundred years the idea of perfection in ceramics (in Europe anyway) was bright, white and flawless. i.e The Chinese porcelain so coveted by the West in the 17th Century. Transculent porcelain was expensive & only for the highest in society, after all, it showed your wealth and position.

Meanwhile Eastern societies see ideal in all kinds of forms that are created by nature, (maybe with a bit of help from man). Shapes bending to the will of the firing, glazes creating strange swirls and runs, crackles and crawls you can't predict or control, and wouldn't want to, because when it comes down to it, a human can't really make anything more beautiful than nature - can it?

Or that's my view anyway. I like the Jeffrey Archer quote above. It says a machine can produce flawless, but that's missing the point. We are all human, and humans are part of nature. I work with clay with grit and iron running through it. It's never going to look like porcelain, nor do I want it to, it will alway have the runs, crackles and dimples that give it it's uniqueness. Its quality and beauty is up to you to decide, (but do check out my reviews!).

Thanks for visiting,
Louise Pull