A Mug for Coffee

My favorite coffee mug is the one that my sister-in-law Amanda made for me.  It is beautiful.  I am very fond of it. The mug leans to the left – sits as if it is cocking a hip.  The mug is embossed with obscure and evasive symbols and has a glaze that is smoky – has a diffuse pattern of Payne’s Gray with some hints of Cerulean Blue.  It is balanced in its asymmetry.  Balanced in its imbalance.  We are not seeking perfection in the works we publish at UCP/RAR (though we don’t discriminate against perfection).  We seek intimate relevance, beauty that is messy or neat, akimbo or strictly linear, skewed or straight, edgy, off-balance or clear and logical.  Send us your work.  We will treat it with compassion.  Strive to understand it’s significance. Respect and learn from what is there.

2 thoughts on “A Mug for Coffee

  1. Thanks much for “A Mug for Coffee,” Henry Stanton! Yes, this is not only a compassionate and necessary aesthetic, but, for me, an ethic and a reminder about the human and the natural,: “It is balanced in its asymmetry. Balanced in its imbalance.” In these difficult and problematic times, an important way forward.

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  2. Great post, Hank! Anything that makes us look closer at the world is a good thing, eh?  Sent from Mail for Windows 10 From: The Raw Art Review: A Journal of Storm and UrgeSent: Thursday, September 3, 2020 7:13 AMTo: tincansims@gmail.comSubject: [New post] A Mug for Coffee Henry Stanton posted: " My favorite coffee mug is the one that my sister-in-law Amanda made for me.  It is beautiful.  I am very fond of it. The mug leans to the left – sits as if it is cocking a hip.  The mug is embossed with obscure and evasive symbols and has a glaze that is"

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