My second booklet: “Kamakura-Red”, Ceramic Adventures in Japan II, a brief autobiography got printed this month. I am very proud of this publication. A lot of work in research, in authorization of pictures, in writing and editing in Microsoft brought a wonderful result.
Also, a map of Kamakura with seven locations of where my booklet will be sold, is included.
I am still in the US after the happening of the terrible disasters in Japan. I canceled my “Sakura” exhibition. I would have come out with my book then in Kamakura, but now it has to wait. I would have returned the 23rd of March and still had to do 2 firings before the exhibition. There were still rolling black outs and then use this electricity for my “luxury” work. I could not make myself do that. Better use it for hospitals to save lives. This is a strange feeling: I want to be there, I feel connected and we have a lot of friends there. I want to experience it whatever there is to experience and I want to help them. But I left before this all happened and then decided to stay longer so I could work in California I am lucky that I have 2 workshops. But the feelings are very ambivalent and a feeling of guilt. People tell me not to have that and to feel lucky. But well.
I hope to be able to get back soon and that the situation improves. So many people died and so many people are in such a dire situation. It is incomprehensible.
If you are interested and would like to order my booklet, please, click on the yellow tab of my Etsy Store here on this website.
My Mashiko Special Judges’ Award “Four Season” Horsehair Vase is published in the 500 Raku book with subtitle: bold explorations of a dynamic ceramics technique. The book is published by Lark Crafts in their “500” series of craft books: www.larkcrafts.com.
I decided to stay for a while in the US because of all the disastrous events in Japan. It is not finished yet, and because I have the chance to stay away, I think it is better. Although, I feel guilty and also want to go back and help. I also live there, feel connected and we made already quite some wonderful friends.
So, I have to CANCEL my exhibition at the Ginnosuzu Gallery in Kamakura, where I would have had my show from March 31- April 5, 2011.
I am really sorry.
For the show I also still have to fire a glaze-firing and it wouldn’t feel right to use this electricity now for some luxury items. They have to preserve and have rolling black outs. Better to use it for hospital needs or so.
The smallest of the three.
Big Kamakura-Red “Sakura” Plate.
First, I would like to say how devastating the earthquake and tsunami is for Japan. I was at that moment home in California and am now in Chicago with my youngest son, Arjan. This was all already planned of course. But Adriaan was in our house in Kamakura and felt the biggest shock ever. He ran outside. The first thing I said and what he did when he could enter the house again, was checking the risk for a tsunami. Luckily, the chance was small this time for Kamakura. So, he is fine. But in Sendai the tsunami happened an half hour after the historical big quake. Terrible! My heart and prayers goes out to all the people enveloped by this tragedy.
I was not able to write about this exciting workshop, because a lot happened last week with the preparation for my “Sakura” exhibition at the end of this month and my 2-week trip to the US.
On March the 4th and 5th I attended a Master Class Ceramics Workshop given by David and Margaret Frith at the International School of the Sacred School in Steve Tootell’s ceramics room and organized by Steve Tootell and the JapanASCD (Assoc. of Supervision and Curriculum Development).
David and Margaret are potters in stoneware and porcelain. They set up their first workshop in 1963. Their reputations are well established. David with his mastery of the potter’s wheel makes majestic pieces decorated with his personal style of waxed motifs under heavy reduction over- glazes and glaze trailing. Margaret concentrates on individual porcelain with carved decoration or colored glazes as well as producing a comprehensive range of domestic ware and decorative stoneware. Their pottery is housed in an 18th. century woollen mill which was later used as a brewery hence the name The Malt House. The mill is situated on the banks of the river Ystrad, on the outskirts of the market town of Denbigh, in the beautiful Vale of Clwyd in North Wales, UK. Their website is: http://www.pottery.demon.co.uk/
They taught us all kinds of throwing techniques and personalized it for each attendee. They showed us their way of throwing and trimming pots and the next day talked about decoration. For me some things were very familiar and I learned some different techniques especially for throwing big pots. They have 48 years of experience in making pots! I will add some YOU TUBE videos I took at the end of this blog, but next time it will be one movie. I have to learn to edit movies and put them together as one.
David pulling up the clay for throwing a big platter.
Some YOU TUBE MOVIES:
1. David and Margaret both throwing a plate:
2. David pulling up clay: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=td5GNJoX2P0
3. David throwing a big vase: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hzn4t5Gf-I8
4. Margaret explaining decoration: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bzEE0hR3qaE