The year of the Sheep.
By patsouthwood, Jan 27 2015 12:17PM
So, first blog of the New Year. Somewhat belated, I know. I have been very busy in my cold damp workshop.
First of all, some exciting news came from good friend and fellow potter Euan Craig in Japan.
I am very honoured to be invited by Euan to share some of his allocation of space in the first firing of Shoji Hamada's renovated Anagama kiln in Mashiko.
As he explains in the current issue of Ceramic Review the kiln was badly damaged in the Great Earthquake of 2011 and this will be the first firing for almost 50 years. The pots from the firing will be subsequently exhibited at the Hamada Memorial Museum in Mashiko.
I was asked to send a sake bottle, of precise dimensions. One piece of work to summ up so much. It was difficult, to say the least. Some 30 were thrown, half rejected and half were bisqued. As usual, when throwing a series of work I liked the first one, and the last one best. The first one didn't quite hit the size specification (out by 3mm) but the last one was spot on.
Packaged beyond belief and swaddled in extra protective layer of Typhoo tea bags and Cadbury's buttons, my Sake bottle was sent of to Japan. Much relieved to hear of it's safe arrival and I am currently viewing the updates online direct from Mashiko with great interest.
I really wish I could be there for this event. Ah well.
The firing ends in a few days, I am looking forward to seeing the pictures and I will post here if I am able to.
Next bit of exciting news is my first Solo show coming up in March. At Yallops Galery, here in Norwich, it's a a small Gallery, but with two rooms and a great opportunity to expand on my current theme of the interplay between material, fire and environment. It's quite heady being responsible for everything, but also weirdly liberating.
Watch out here for news of new Galleries stocking my work too!