Imperfect table tales


In October we enter the best of the autumn: the skies, on certain days, are incredibly bright blue, intense cobalt, crystalline, in the morning air is crisp and the leaves of the trees reach their maximum splendor with the wonderful gold of Ginko Biloba and the red of maples. Between golden yellow and red, as if by magic, all the possible warm and vibrant shades of earth tones appear: orange, brown, velvety green. The large table in my atelier that overlooks a tiny garden inhabited by three enormous jasmines is also the place around which I spend the most of my time, working and looking out of the window at the leaves slowly tinging red. It is not cold yet, there is the sun in the clear sky and right now, while I’m writing, I think that, really, there is nothing to change. I love to enjoy every moment of autumn, before the arrival of the shortest, darkest and coldest days that winter brings with.

The pivot of my life is art, the search for beauty in everyday life. The atelier table, a large board of bleached solid wood, with several layers of accidental color, a very lived-in white-gray tone, is also the breakfast table that is used with all unpaired Wabi Sabi ceramics, made in the last years of work. So, while the days go by fast, I look for the quiet beauty of a silent elegance, in the beige cups I use for tea, in the gray saucers on which I put a slice of apple and cinnamon scented cake, in wrinkled linen napkins. Simplicity is an extreme form of sophistication *, in which my soul swings lazily.

For me autumn is a moment of harvest but also a moment of change, ideas are born spontaneous, mature, after lying down in the summer sun. The light in the Atelier changes, I pull soft sweaters, scented with essences, out of the closet, I want herbal teas and carve out moments to enjoy the house. Cuddled on the sofa with a steaming cup in my hands, I savor a moment of deserved rest between one commitment and another.

In recent days I updated the online store with a small and precious collection of beautiful wabi sabi cups, a Japanese style characterized by warm colors, spontaneous lines and a certain roughness. The Wabi Sabi is linked to autumn and tells us of an imperfect beauty that the passing of time will make even more beautiful.

What do you like about this season?



Hi, I’m Manuela, urban potter and Italian artist who’s passionate about exploring the expressive potential of clay. With a love for Wabi Sabi aesthetics and the beauty of imperfection, I create bespoke ceramics, paintings, and fine art photography. My studio, nestled in the charming city of Milan, is a magical box where creativity runs wild and beauty is abundant. Whether you’re looking to bring a touch of magic into your everyday life, or simply to explore your creative side through art therapy I’m here to inspire and encourage you on your journey. I bring art into the world and celebrate the beauty in every moment. This blog is my Artistic Salad, filled with creativity, beauty, joie de vivre, passion and tools for creative minds.

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