The Charm of Autumn: Reflections, Ceramics, and the Mystery of the Rabbit in Wabi Sabi

I deeply love the special atmosphere of autumn, the feeling of cozy warmth, illuminated candles, and a steaming cup of tea in hand… October, with its crystal-clear morning light and clear sky, is one of my favorite months. I am captivated by the scent of the air, the whisper of approaching autumn, the crispness in the morning air transforming into enveloping warmth by midday. And then there are the colors of October, a palette of rich, sumptuous, and luminous shades, a precious legacy of the recently passed summer.

This blend of sensations has always inspired my artistic work, releasing the magic of colors and the intimacy of everyday objects, which transform into ceramics enveloped in the golden and glorious atmosphere of autumn. For me, autumn is the quintessential season of Wabi Sabi, an invocation to the beauty of imperfection and the ephemeral, and at the same time, it is a moment of picturesque beauty, with its shifting landscapes and golden reflections.

In these months, I have worked on various fronts: I have dedicated time to the ceramics workshop at the hospital, where I have had the privilege of carrying out a project in the Pediatric Oncology department, providing precious and formative experiences. After a forced break due to a shoulder problem, I have finally been able to resume shaping my beloved ceramics. I have organized the Atelier after the move and am focusing on renewing the e-commerce section of my website, a project that will see the light within a month.

An important and fascinating aspect of this period has been the study of packaging. I have been inspired by warm tones and the aesthetics of Wabi Sabi, after months of research and study of Japanese packaging. Currently, I am collaborating with an artisan for the production of custom boxes, using Japanese paper. And then there was the challenge of the logo, which I wanted to include both on the ceramics and on the boxes. After many adventures, thanks to the help of competent artisans overseas, I managed to realize my intent.

As for the logo, I chose the rabbit as a symbol of awareness of our creative being. The rabbit, with its graceful and curious nature, represents the dynamic element that sets things in motion, bringing a breath of freshness and innovation to the world of art and ceramics. It is a reminder of the vitality and creativity that reside in each of us, and of the ability to look at things from a new and surprising perspective. This symbol embodies the essence of my artistic work and the philosophy of Wabi Sabi, celebrating the beauty of imperfection and the harmony between man and nature.

manuelametra
manuelametra

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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