let thoughts flow | Otagaki Rengetsu

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Looking at this tea bowl and you look at one of the many faces of Otagaki Rengetsu. A woman, a nun, and an artist, who found her way in a life that had many difficulties to offer, many hardships to face and many reasons to engage in art. Her legacies are words, and clay – what she left to all of us are poetry and pottery. The pinched clay body is covered with an uneven crackled glaze. This bowl invites your eyes to travel over it, welcomes your hands to hold it, and lets your thoughts float.

king this mountain
of falling piling leaves
as a barrier…
from this melancholy world
I am getting ever farther…

Otagaki Rengetsu (1791-1875)

 

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