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…

Shiny new kiln

18 years ago I returned to potting, and myself and my non-potting partner built a raku kiln from an old oil drum. I thought it would do whilst I worked out what I wanted to make and how I wanted to fire. Castro kiln has finally been retired and put out to graze, there he…

3TREESceramics, Den Haag, Netherlands

on the 21 May //17:30 opening exhibition of 3TREESceramics GALLERY LABS & LOUNGE EXHIBITION~ PATRICIA SHONE, Scottish ceramist showing her raku fired work EXHIBITION 3TREES new works:: Joris-Jan Bos //Victoria Goodwin Eat & Drink Music by Marialuisa Capurso & Arvind Ganga Ceramic Auction presented by Firma Mes (Daan & Roos) & Roel Goudsmit The exhibition…