Chuck Hindes • American B: 1942
Untitled Vessel • Clay 16” x 6” x 6.5”
Nothing lasts. Nothing is finished. Nothing is perfect. The Japanese concept of Wabi-Sabi turned Chuck Hindes from a potter searching for perfection to a ceramicist celebrating the imperfections of life. The transformation must have been similar to a man who realizes the world isn’t filled with Playboy Bunnies and, instead, appreciates the beautiful, real women he meets every day.
Gone were perfectly thrown pots with surfaces covered in beautiful glazes. In their place Hindes created hand-built pots with imperfect shapes and weathered, unglazed surfaces that gave people something to contemplate rather than worship. He used a special wood-firing process to expose the clay’s true character as trapped oxides rose to the surface in beautiful, unpredictable hues. His pots became weathered celebrations of life rather than pursuits of perfection.
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