Joanna left Uno+Ichi in February of 2018 and inevitably the work and the way each piece is made has changed. As I worked to create new designs for Uno+Ichi on my own I found that I loved throwing pieces on the wheel first and then altering them by hand afterwards. I would throw the near-perfect form on the wheel, and then play with hitting it with a stick, rolling it on the table, or forming a shape with my hands. I loved the unpredictability of it and the individuality each imperfection brought to the piece. This way of working birthed a new meaning of Uno+Ichi for me. Uno+Ichi began to refer to the process and approach I had to making. Uno began to represent the first step in creating form on the wheel– sturdy and precise– and ichi came to represent the undoing of that perfection–unpredictable and flawed.
I try to remember this concept, Uno+Ichi, in all aspects of my life. I find myself often trying to plan things out so there is a solid structure, sturdy and invulnerable. But things happen in life that are unpredictable and inevitably reshape things. I try to remember to embrace the imperfections and unexpected curves. Seeing the imperfections as beautiful in each ceramic piece helps me to see this same beauty in life.Thank you for finding this page and reading a little bit about the story behind Uno+Ichi : )
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