I have come to the conclusion (along with many notable philosophers) that expectations are the curse of humanity. No where is this more clearly illustrated than when a ceramicist opens their kiln.
You know what you expected when you closed the door (for me a black firing) and you know what you expected when you opened the door 5 days later (still a black firing). Then you unwrap the first sagar – not black, the second sagar – still not black, the third and fourth have some very unexpected colours which are beautiful in their own right but your mind is so set on expecting what has not happened that you cannot appreciate the magic you now hold.
So the next step (and the hardest) is to clear your mind of the expectation it holds and after a varying amount of time has passed go back and look afresh at the unexpected and judge your work with a clear mind.
So I now present to the you gentle reader the unexpected.
Forest Floor Series 2013