Have you ever wondered what inspires an artist like me? For me, the creative process is about more than just the end result. It’s about embracing imperfection, celebrating the beauty of the natural world, and finding joy in the simple moments of life. I channel this inspiration into my art, including my wabi-sabi ceramics and paintings. These pieces embrace the impermanence and imperfection of life, and remind us to find beauty in every moment. When I’m painting, I like to slow down, be present in the moment, and let my creativity flow, when I model ceramics the process of shaping makes me feel in harmony and centered.
As an artist, I believe that inspiration can come from unlikely places. For me, taking a few moments to meditate and reflect before beginning a new creation is key to getting in touch with my own creative energy. I love to light a stick of incense and let the aroma fill my workspace, helping me clear my mind and focus on the task at hand. These small rituals allow me to tap into my own creative spirit and bring a truly authentic perspective to my work.
My perfectly imperfect creations enter the space bringing harmony and balance.
Mindfulness is all about being present in the moment and cultivating a deeper sense of self-awareness. As an artist, I find that mindfulness is key to staying in touch with my own creative process. When I’m creating, I try to focus on the process rather than the outcome, and let my creative energy flow freely. Whether painting, sculpting, or making pottery, I find that this state of mindfulness allows me to tap into my own unique inspiration and create truly beautiful things.
Wabi-sabi ceramics embrace the rustic, imperfect beauty of the natural world. For me, working with ceramics is all about finding harmony between the clay, glaze, and firing process. I like to embrace the unpredictable outcomes of the firing process and let the natural flow of the earth guide my work. The result is a unique, one-of-a-kind piece that is perfectly imperfect, just like life.
Wabi-sabi and the tea ceremony are both deeply rooted in Japanese culture, and they share a common philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection and simplicity. Wabi-sabi ceramics are typically rustic, organic, and imperfect, and they are often used in the Zen-inspired tea ceremony. During the ceremony, participants come together to share tea and appreciate the beauty of their surroundings, which may include simple, natural elements like flowers or stones. I find this practice incredibly inspiring, as it reminds us to slow down, appreciate the beauty in the simple things, and embrace the imperfection in ourselves and in the world around us.
Art, Ikigai and Wabi Sabi come together in unique ways, offering individuals a path to discover their meaning and purpose. Art has the power to connect with our emotions and creativity, allowing us to express ourselves in ways that words alone cannot. Ikigai, on the other hand, is the Japanese concept of finding one’s purpose in life. When we pursue our passions and work towards something we believe in, we find fulfillment, and this becomes our ikigai.
Wabi-sabi, the Japanese philosophy of finding beauty in imperfection and simplicity, can help to bring clarity to the mind. By embracing the imperfect, we can be freed from the endless cycle of chasing perfection, always comparing ourselves to others, and feeling hopeless. Instead, we focus on what’s truly important. It’s a reflection of the natural world and considered an aesthetic code in Japan.
Art can help us to find our ikigai by inspiring us to dedicate ourselves to something that we are passionate about. The creative process can be liberating, and we can express ourselves in unique and beautiful ways. Through the creation of art, we can find our own ikigai while appreciating the concepts of wabi-sabi: being open to the beauty of imperfection and simplicity. Let art inspire you to find your purpose and embrace the imperfectly beautiful moments in life, surrounding with beauty.
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.