iandol on wed 14 feb 01
Dear Lee Love,
I enjoyed reading your comments on this topic but would interpret your =
phrase < While the beginner can only be loose.> with a different spin.
Looseness suggests a degree of relaxation. Such a feeling occurs when a =
person is so familiar with the action and reaction of their own efforts =
to the degree that their practical activity is sub- or unconscious. Not =
a condition enjoyed by beginners who have to concentrate on every =
movement, have to observe every detail in order to learn and assimilate =
Perhaps the degree of difference which distinguishes Tea Bowl from =
Chawan is in the tension induced in clay and relaxation induced in the =
thrower. I suspect the relaxation of clay which gives such subtleness of =
form is achieved by fire.
Ivor Lewis. Redhill, South Australia