Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bowled over by the Far East; Ceramicist Rupert Spira Is Inspired by Foreign Lands to Create Bowls That Capture the Nature of Beauty, Says Corinne Julius Homes & Property

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Bowled over by the Far East; Ceramicist Rupert Spira Is Inspired by Foreign Lands to Create Bowls That Capture the Nature of Beauty, Says Corinne Julius Homes & Property

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Byline: CORINNE JULIUS

RUPERT Spira is one of Britain's pre-eminent ceramicists. His delicate open bowls are found in collections around the world, but are particularly sought-after in Britain and Japan. His pots are inspired by a lifelong study of Far Eastern ceramics. Although almost all of his vessels are functional, to Spira, a pot is not just a pot, but an investigation of the nature of beauty.

Spira has spent more than 25 years looking at pots. "My work comes out of a deep contemplation of nature," he says. "I look at the shapes of ceramics from Korea, Japan, China and Europe.

I look with my hands, eyes and mind.

"It's all about asking questions. I try to find the common thread, to find the real content of beauty. To find what it is that unifies such different works from different times.

"My work is a distillation, a snapshot or sort of essence of all that experience. I want my bowls to take people on that journey."

To some, his work is minimalist, but he prefers to call it "contemplative". …

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