Craftsman Spirit

Five elements of Artisan Mastery

There are many lessons for Mastery, but we will focus here on five main points.

A  true master at his art sets the standard for self-discipline, always looking ahead, never satisfied with his work, always trying to find ways to make better, or to improve his skills.
Five elements of Mastery

There are many lessons, but we will focus here on five main points

Majime (真面目). A true master is serious about the art. He or she strives for the highest level possible always. The commitment to hard work is strong. The level of dedication is constant.

Kojoshin (向上心). Always aspire to improve oneself and one’s work. There is an old Zen adage that says once you think you have arrived, you have already begun your descent.

Seiketsukan (清潔感). Cleanliness, freshness. One can not prepare and perform well if the environment is cluttered, messy, or dirty.

Ganko (頑固). Stubbornness, obstinacy. The fourth attribute is…Impatience. Be an individualist in pursuit of excellence rather than a team player in search of consensus. This does not mean not rely on his team or listen to them, but his team is hand picked and trained by him. In the end it is his vision and his responsibility.

Jyonetsu (情熱). Passion, enthusiasm. From the very first moments Once you decide on your occupation…you must immerse yourself in your work. You have to fall in love with your work. Never complain about your job. You must dedicate your life to mastering your skill. That’s the secret of success…and is the key to being regarded honorably.

No passion, no art.

Guilherme Ferias Ceramics

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