I learned a beautiful new word last year. Beautiful in form, beautiful in meaning.
Profound, even, considering the damage we do to ourselves and the world when we strive for perfection. That’s a s##t word, perfection. Sounds nice. Like a cat lolly. I’ll let you figure out how my weird brain came up with that one.
I don’t mean an actual cat lolly. I wouldn’t lick a cat. Oh jeez. We’ll just leave all that right alone, shall we?
The word I learned is Wabi Sabi. It’s Japanese in origin, meaning something along the lines of beauty in imperfection.
I think of diversity. Individuality.
I think of hand-crafted.
About the same time, two wonderful people in Adelaide, Sophia and Shane, ran a Kickstarter campaign to set up a pottery studio with wheels and kilns everything they needed to be able to hand-craft these ceramic coffee cups.
Each cup is unique. The beautiful glaze patterns are formed not with paint but with copper that colours the glaze from blue to green as it melts and drips, in these beautifully imperfect forms.
The lids are silicone, which is much nicer for our oceans than plastic.
And of course, they’re reusable.
Did you know we make, drink from, and chuck out 16 billion takeaway coffee cups every year?
Just read that again, please. Sixteen Billion. Can you imagine?
And they’re not recyclable - most of the paper cups are lined with polyethylene.
This is one small, important change you can make in your life, to help our planet.
These are the most beautiful, perfectly imperfect coffee cups I’ve ever seen, made by hand, made with love, and heart.
These are Wabi Sabi.
Just choose if you’d like light clay or dark clay (mostly on the bottom of the cup), and you’re welcome to email us when you order, to say “I really love the more greeny ones”, and we’ll see if we can choose one for you that’s close.
But mostly this is about the ecstacy of surrender, the joy in the surprise of not quite knowing exactly what your cup will look like.
But knowing that it was made with love, and some magical chemistry.