"The softness of clay, its simplicity, warmth, gentleness, event its fragility and weakness, which might appear to be detractions, to say nothing of its image of dirtiness and impurity -- all of this has a unique symbolism that resonated with the wabi aesthetic and gave rise to an aesthetic of clay or mud."
"Clay is part of the great cycle of nature, a substance offering fundamental support to the cycle of life substances. The chanoyu tea aesthetic does not celebrate strength, permanence, and immutability, but rather the beauty of things that are transient and in flux."
"All living things must one day die, fall into decay, and so return to the earth. From the earth, which accepts all death unconditionally, new life then comes forth."
"Mud and clay embody the pathos of destruction and renewal and form the basis for the cycle of life."