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03 May 2003 @ 04:43 pm
The annual ceramics sale was the other day, and I stopped by to see what pieces people had decided they could give up, or weren't worth keeping for their portfolio. People never put their best things out for others to buy ... the mouse without an ear, the bowl with a tilt ... these are the things you will find.

I purchased one of the "Army of Owls" for fifty cents ... when they were first in a show, I had admired the dark red ones. But only the whites and grays were out, so I made up my mind to find a beautifully flawed one. Mine is an ivory-gray with crackled glaze, and small spots of raspberry red on the top of his head.

I also looked through the shoebox filled with broken, disliked, or messed up tiles for a quarter only. And I purchased one, because I find its shortcomings beautiful. Unlike the others in the box, it is rectangular, just wide enough to feel comfortable in my hands. Its weight and thickness appeal to me, as do the mottled hues with which it has been stained. A dot of glaze burned, it has been dropped and a corner chipped off - yet these flaws are striking. The marks are those that one makes out of boredom, scratching meant to take up time you can't think of how to spend. But I like them. The smooth, unglazed underside has the tone of an eggshell, fingerprints, and smudges of smoke. The corners are covered with clotted glaze, a result of its sitting in its own covering.

I find this beautiful, I find it pleasing. It is both rough and smooth, unintentionally wonderful. This was put in a shoebox of failures to sell for a quarter.
Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
Current Music: Akino Arai - Goddess in the Morning
livinghole on May 3rd, 2003 04:29 pm (UTC)
It's sad how often people overlook the things that aren't "perfect" or something that isn't quite what they wanted it to be. There's a sentence that I want to put here, but the penguins are hiding it on me...
SDsado_nishi on May 4th, 2003 06:45 am (UTC)
You're playing RO? I just started yesterday... Glad to know it's FREE again. ^_^ What server are you on?
One Who Wanders: cheerfulabiona on May 4th, 2003 08:10 am (UTC)
Right now I'm working on Chaos, baby! You'll find me on as either Ginx or Parsley. XD
aethene on May 4th, 2003 11:41 am (UTC)
Haha. I'd like to join you, but I don't have the HD space, and this computer never really performed well with RO. But I'll have a new one this summer, I hope! But then you'll be hopelessly ahead of me. Ah, well. I'll just go back to writing music and drawing stuff. But would I really want to go back to RO? It was such a drag so often. Is beta3 as hard as beta2? Beta2 was absolutely ridiculous. I'm so glad I got to switch to secondary jobs immediately. Otherwise I would've quit right there.

That's an interesting icon.
SDsado_nishi on May 4th, 2003 02:37 pm (UTC)
Aw...! I'm on Loki, character name Kijin if you ever decide to play there. ^_^;