Mark Hewitt quote: “It seems as though we inherit curves …”

“It seems as though we inherit curves, as if they were a genetic code,
a sequence of actions distilled by one potter after another, one curve
after another, until they became our own; distinct, pure, and potent.
Chance always creeps into the mix (and let’s not forget zeitgeist),
but ultimately curves begin in the empty space where a pot will be,
clay and skill gives them shape, your fingers identify them, and there
they are, fragile, millions of possible permutations–but only one
curve is realised, as if there were no choice” (34)

Hewitt, Mark. “A Colony of Dreamers: Mark Hewitt reflects on his
journey from Stoke-on-Trent to North Carolina.” Ceramic Review, Issue
253, January/February 2012.

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3 thoughts on “Mark Hewitt quote: “It seems as though we inherit curves …”

  1. Great post. Love the quote. Reminds me a bit of this quote from the TAO:
    “Thirty spokes converge on a single hub,
    but it is in the space where there is nothing
    that the the usefulness of the cart lies.
    Clay is molded to make a pot,
    but it is in the space where there is nothing
    that the usefulness of the clay pot lies.
    Cut out doors and windows to make a room,
    but it is in the space where there is nothing
    that the usefulness of the room lies.
    Therefore,
    Benefit may be derived from something,
    but it is in nothing that we find usefulness.”

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