A big source of learning was through sketching, taking notes and writing observations while visiting the many large ceramics’ galleries of the Chinese Museums.
On the roof of a house in Guangdong (1958)
We spent there endless hours looking at objects, hearing explanations, comparing, sketching shapes and decorations. We were told that looking intensely, for a long time at a mature, perfectly balanced form, we could be surprised to see how it awakens and starts breathing, expanding and contracting, proving that perfect balanced shapes are alive.
I was surprised to learn that it was true, it happened to me while I concentrated my gaze, looking intensely at a perfect, mature shape of a porcelain vase. I understood that this unusual, miraculous perception is a reflection of the vase perfection and at the same time of my trained sensitivity, capable of penetrating and understanding the Chinese artistic spirit.
The leap forward done by Chinese present civilization, illustrates the power of the Chinese spirit, demonstrating that talent, patients, modesty, passion, courage, devotion, attention to details, hard work, discipline, sacrifice, remains common now, as were in the past and can be recognized in every present achievement.