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Thursday, November 5, 2009
Today was our last Wabi Sabi studio at the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia and a delightful gathering it was. Each of the six artists presented their completed, or near to completed, piece(s) with an attendant statement regarding their personal experience exploring this ancient Japanese aesthetic. The images posted here are well representative of the handmade, imperfect, transient, natural, soft, aging, patina quality that is often used to describe Wabi Sabi. The artist has a love affair with seaweed and enlisted it as the basis for the hand made paper bowls. She intends to allow them to return to the sea by casting the driftwood (holding the bowls) back into the Chesapeake Bay from whence the seaweed came.