In a book I have read recently, the author talked about a character, a saxophonist, who played few notes but played them well. The image stuck with me because I think that is what we all strive to do. The simplicity of the bowl, the comfortable line of a cylinder or the visual expanse of a plate that are done with as few strokes or notes well can be seen and felt. Even when looking at seemingly ornate pieces of Kutanayaki or Delft porcelain, we look for the simple strokes of the decorator.
We are all off shoots of the influences that got us to the places we are at aesthetically. For me it is the prairie sky for colour and the soft evening lines are primary but the years spent in the mountains of western Canada and central Japan had to have had some effect on what I do.
Hopefully, when someone looks at the work (or play) they will see those three or four notes played with, moved and done well. Hopefully, they will smile and feel better than before they looked at the piece and that the soup will taste just a little bit better.
To see more of Arne's work, visit his website at arnehandley.com
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