Does it work as the gateway it's sometimes intended as or does it just leave people sated with a poor grasp of a given subject? Is Alain de Botton a charlatan?
Is Alain de Botton a charlatan?
The Imperfection Pot
New reduced price: was £50, now £40
A humble ceramic pot crafted according to ‘wabi sabi’ principles of artistic imperfection, to remind us of the inevitable imperfection of every day life.
Inspired by the Japanese tradition of wabi sabi, which finds beauty in humble, imperfect and easily overlooked places, this Imperfection Pot was made with a free hand which has resulted in the appearance of subtle flaws. Rather than ruin it, these imperfections are the key to its charm. They encapsulate – and promote more widely in life – an attitude of generosity and acceptance.
To contemplate an object and to live with it is to let a little of its character seep into our own souls. If only briefly, we become more like it. This pot, designed by Adam Buick, has a traditional celadon glaze of greyish green, associated with calm in buddhism. It is tranquil and modest, as if it is untroubled by aspiration and content to be only what it is.
Inconsistencies in the pot’s form and finish are intentional. It is designed to help us in the tricky but necessary task of accepting and even learning to appreciate our imperfections – as well as the flaws of others. The imperfect pot provides a counter to our yearning for perfection, which can be relentless. The pot is something to turn to for support and inspiration when our unreasonably high expectations of ourselves and those around us threaten to get out of control.
I guess one of the key questions is whether it's better to be uninformed or misinformed.