Having previously studied graphic design I have always been inspired by type, so it seemed very natural to express myself using words on my ceramic wares. I was also inspired by the Japanese tea ceremony and had been looking for stories and poetry to write onto my porcelain teacups, when I came across an old Indian tale about a cracked pot. A water bearer in India carried two water pots from the stream to his master’s house, but one of the pots had a crack and leaked. The perfect pot was proud of itself perfect for which it was made. The cracked pot on the other hand was ashamed of himself and apologised to the bearer for its failure. The water bearer responded with;
“Did you not notice that there were flowers only on your side of the path……..that’s because I have always known about your flaw………….I planted flower seeds on your side of the path and everyday while we walk back from the stream, you’ve watered them.”
I loved the story and so I wrote the words inside my cups. To illustrate the story further I wrote the whole story in seven cups, starting with a full cup of text and then slowly the words get more shallow. So there are only a few words in the last cup, illustrating how the pot leaked its load.