Recently, my son and I moved into an 850 sq. ft. house. The experience taught me the difference between want and need. In today's world, it seems unusual to live simply. Modern consumer mentality tells us that we need to accumulate more things, bigger things, in order to be happy. But when you move into a smaller home, you don't have room for more; you don't have room for bigger. When I made this vessel in college my professor asked me if I had heard of the Tao Chang quote, "We shape clay into a pot, but it is the emptiness inside that holds whatever we want.” At the time, I would have said that the clay is what makes the bowl. Now, this vessel is a reminder of the importance of space. It represents me creating space to enjoy what makes me truly happy. It reminds me of the value in living more with less; being not just full, but useful. I want to instill this mentality in my son. I want a simpler feel for our home and lives. I want the inside of these humble walls to proudly hold love and memories, the things money cannot buy.
A collaborative women's project
by Lorri Acott