Masakazu Kusakabe-san and Marc Lancet gave a workshop together on Spetember 13 in Santa Clara at ClayPlanet.
Marc Lancet is the Director of the Department of Fine and Applied Arts at the Solano College. He apprenticed at Kusakabe-san’s, who is a potter, ceramic artist, painter, teacher, kiln builder in Japan. That is how a friendship started and the book was one of the results.
Kusakabe-san showed his throwing skills by making Japanese bowls with a porcelain clay. Marc worked with a very coarse clay: grogzilla to built his sculptural vases.
Marc showing is slab throwing technique.
Kusakabe-san throwing and explaining.
Kusakabe-san altering the cup.
Kusakabe-san drawing in a slab colored with slips.
Kusakabe-san painting Sumie brushpaintings.
Marc showing his textured slabs.
Marc put colored slips on the slabs and on top of that Sodium Silicate, a liquid glass, which hardens the surface. Then when he increases the size of the slabs by slapping it on the block, it will crack the surface of the clay.
A collaboration slab.
Marc’s altered thrown-slab vase will be fired in the Dancing Fire Kiln at the Solano Community College.
Please, also read my other blogs about Kusakabe-san. He has a new website: http://www.miharuarts.com/kusakabe/