Archives for January 2014

Mashiko part 3, actually buying pots

Pot number 1, a small tenmoku dish from Hamada Museum, for my good friend who drove me to Aberdeen airport at 5am to catch my flight to London to connect with the Narita flight. No photo of this. Pot number 2, a white glazed vase. Half way down the high street at 3pm and despairing…

Mashiko part 2, buying pots

Nothing is – Look, and it is. Not seeing at all, We cannot see all there is around us. Everything is but an expression of the self. ……… I buy something – I have bought myself. From ‘The Windows of Life’ …. Some thoughts by Kanjiro Kawai No matter how I try to justify it…

Mashiko, 12&13 Nov. part 1

We arrived in the early afternoon after a 3 hour 3 train journey from Tokyo. You know you’ve arrived in Mashiko by the presence of an enormous pot standing at the station. Took a taxi to the hotel to drop off the luggage, then into town to be deposited at the feet of a giant…

From Cumbria to Japan

In May 2013 we fired the anagama at Higham Hall for the last time. During the less stressful of those long and eventful 60 hours we joked about having to go to Japan instead of doing our autumn firing. As the hours passed and we faced a firing which wouldn’t go above 1000 on the…