Category Archives: Japan

From the Perspective of the Artist in Residence

My computer seems to have broken down! so this month’s blog is going to be delayed slightly… Advertisements

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From the Perspective of the Artist in Residence – Intro

Artist in Residence (AiR) programmes enable artists to take time and space away from their usual environment and commitments, to reflect, carry out new research and to explore their practice in depth and develop new skills. Experiencing life in a … Continue reading

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Kanayama Kiln, Part 2 – The Firing

Here is some of the work ready to go into the Kanayama kiln for its first firing starting Friday 2nd September, 2005.  The work was placed in groups related to their position in the kiln and marked with red wash … Continue reading

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Kanayama Kiln, Part 1 – Rebuilding a 16th Century Kiln

In 2002, the old ruins of a ‘Kanayama’ wood-burning kiln were discovered in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture, Japan.  Information gathered from the ruins was used to rebuild the ancient kiln at the Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park (SCCP). In this post I … Continue reading

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Rosanjin & Sakura Spring

The changing seasons have strongly influenced Japanese arts for centuries and permeate all aspects of Japanese culture.  Festivals throughout the country are held to celebrate different aspects of the seasons from ‘Hanami’, (cherry blossom viewing) in Spring, to ‘Tsukimi’ (moon … Continue reading

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Tokoname, a town built from ceramics in Japan

Imagine a town where the foundations of buildings are made from ceramic pots, walls are built from ceramic sake bottles and various designs of ceramic tiles, plates, bowls and cups are set into the pavements.  This town is Tokoname named … Continue reading

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‘Folding Shadows’, light, ceramics & paper at Udatsu Museum, Echizen, Japan

Inspired by Japanese architecture, I created a series of ceramic objects that captured the spirit of Japanese space and the way that light can enter a space, while working in Japan.  I exhibited the work in galleries in Kyoto and … Continue reading

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