Category Archives: Process

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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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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Porcelain. Where does it come from?

Continuing with the subject of porcelain, in my previous blog I introduced how porcelain was first produced in Japan via the Koreans.  To go to the original source of porcelain involves travelling back through Korea to China a few centuries … Continue reading

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The Village of the Secret Kilns, Okawachiyama 大川内山

The birthplace of porcelain in Japan was on the Southern island of Kyushu in Saga prefecture. It was in Arita in the late 16th Century when Korean, Yi Sam-Pyeong discovered extensive deposits of one of the vital ingredients of porcelain, … Continue reading

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Total Fabrication: bringing making to the gallery

There is something special about working directly with raw materials and using hands on making processes.  This contact enables the maker to build a deep understanding of the nature of the material they are working with, which, opens up many … 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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