Heather Hietala


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This piece is part of the Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection exhibit in the Main Gallery of The Folk Art Center.

“The vessels are created of very fine porcelain. Inscribed words and stitch patterns create a sense of narrative or human experience. Life unfolds, adds patina, cracks and fissures. The metal stitch mends a crack that appeared during the creative process and is fired with the piece. The upcycled glass is strong in its original form, doing its job as a pickle jar or wine bottle. Life happens, beings become cracked or broken. Everyday glass shards melted during the salt firing, once more become beautiful yet with cracks, historical evidence of life. The upcycled glass catches light similar to the way a person’s eyes sparkle with vitality and soul. These vessel beings are mended, the cracks adorned, celebrated like laugh lines, alluding to lives well lived.

Families are multifaceted, ideally embracing all the imperfections that emerge as life unfolds. As I worked on the individual pieces they came to represent members of a family and the beauty of scars and imperfections of well lived lives.”

  • Porcelain, oxides, steel, glaze; salt fired
  • 6″ x 4″ x 24″
  • Will not be shipped until October 10th, once the exhibition has closed
  • Shipping and handling fees will be determined when the piece is ready for delivery
  • Wabi Sabi runs from June 30 – September 30, 2018

The Southern Highland Craft Guild opens its third exhibition for the 2018 year with Wabi Sabi, Embracing the Art of Imperfection in the Folk Art Center’s main gallery upstairs. It features 60 objects from makers of the Guild that showcase this traditional Japanese aesthetic of honoring the beauty of flaws. Works focus on juxtapositions of symmetry through gnarled wooden sculptures, rough textures in a wall hanging’s fabric, or a woven pattern’s simplicity.
Curator Nikki Josheff received an overwhelming number of submissions for this exhibition. “It has been exciting to see the membership’s enthusiasm for Wabi Sabi,” she said. “With our history of cultivating fine craft for more than eight decades, there’s often an expectation of perfection within our community. Our jury process is rigorous, and done through peer-evaluation to uphold a standard within a designated media.” Wabi Sabi encourages participants to let go of creative pressures, perhaps expectations of perfection, that may limit one’s imagination. Instead, it challenges makers to work with flaws, or other brokenness within their process.


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