Wabi-sabi

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“Pared down to its barest essence, wabi-sabi is the Japanese art of finding beauty in imperfection and profundity in nature…It’s simple, slow, and uncluttered-and it reveres authenticity above all. Wabi-sabi is flea markets, not warehouse stores; aged wood, not Pergo; rice paper, not glass. It celebrates cracks and crevices and all the other marks that time, weather, and loving use leave behind. Through wabi-sabi, we learn to embrace liver spots, rust, and frayed edges, and the march of time they represent.”

-Robyn Griggs Lawrence, author of “The Wabi-sabi House: The Japanese Art of Imperfect Beauty”

Second graders embraced the Wabi-sabi way of art as we created these imperfectly beautiful pinch pots inspired by the tea bowls designed with cobalt blue from Mid-15th Century Arita, Japan. We talked about how our world and the people around us (including ourselves!) are always changing, and never perfect, but that’s what makes us beautiful.

The following photographs were taken by second grade artists!

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