Václav Dušek

Václav Dušek is a Czech ceramist, a great lover of tea, and a traveler. His works are imbued with simplicity and elegance.

"You can't invent much new in tea bowls anymore, they have been perfected over many centuries. The basis is the simple, uncomplicated shape of a space bounded by a form. A simplicity that unfortunately often eludes us in life. The essence of a bowl is to be filled with something. It is just a space for tea, surrounded by clay. The humble potter can only add his dialogue with the material. To feel the material under my fingers, to feel its texture, to see what the clay allows me to do and what it does not. When I roll the bowls on the wheel, I experience the same presence as small children do when they play. They do not notice their surroundings or the passage of time, completely immersed in the Here and Now. I try to imprint this moment on the bowl, but many other factors influence the outcome of the work. Like my travel experiences. By the sea, I am fascinated by the waves that form lines in the sand. The constant appearance and disappearance. In the mountains, I notice the outlines of distant hills in the setting sun. In the bowls, you can sense it all. But they don't have to, tea drinkers can find a whole other perceptual meaning in them. Unlike a mug, a bowl is not a mass-produced factory product. The drinker also buys the bowl because it was made by specific human hands. Often, they establish an intimate relationship with it that lasts for years. Then one day, when the bowl falls and gets crooked or broken, he is unhappy. She came into his life and he's been through a lot with her. But why be sad? A broken tea bowl is proof of the impermanence of things. It's not a rare painting hanging on a gallery wall protected by glass. Applied art serves us and lives with us, dies and fades away. I am not creating anything permanent and eternal. Every tea bowl breaks over time, which is liberating. At least there will be room in the world for more and more potters." The world in a bowl of tea. An article by Ivan Brezina.

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