From the Isle of Skye to Venice

From one watery world to another, thanks to an obsession with clay. I am not long home from visiting Venice for the second time in my life. The first was 30 years ago with a friend from art school. I never forgot the experience. Silent waterways, Piazza San Marco flooded and empty, a gondolier singing…

Visiting Kanzaki Shiho (1942-2018)

I had the priviledge to visit Kanzaki Shiho at his studio last November. Hearing that he passed away I want to share this. I visited Shigaraki for a day, 4 years ago and left dissatisfied – a wander around the cultural park with not a lot happening, and a sprawling, seemingly empty town. It was…

Day trip to Bizen ware

Bizen ware was not high on my list of priorities when we were deciding our itinerary.  What came to mind was naked beige clay body with random lines of shiny red/orange scorch marks reminisent of sunburn on a pale Scottish body. However JG was very keen having become excited about the work of Isezaki Jun.…

Hagi part 3 – more pots

I’ve heard three theories about the tall foot with the deep cleft of many Hagi bowls. One is that it was to facilitate tying a stack of bowls for transportation, another is that it allowed people other than the overlords to possess the bowls as they were imperfect (the perfect wares being reserved for the…

Hagi yaki bowl

This was the last pot to be unwrapped when I got home. I think I was scared I’d made a poor choice and wouldn’t like it enough to justify the expense. (No, I’m not telling, NPP doesn’t know either). The next 5 photos are the bowl before use, fairly good representation of the colour. The…

4 years later – Hagi yaki

I was full of good intentions to resurrect this blog on the return visit to Japan. The blogging didn’t happen but the Japan trip did, in November for 3 fabulous weeks with two potter friends who were also with me the first time. Non Potting Partner declined to come with us, a wise decision on…