Osaka Takashimaya exhibition

My exhibition of new work starts soon at Osaka Takashimaya dept store in Namba!

Almost all pots fresh from my most recent firing.

December 5–11 Osaka Takashimaya 6fl.

Autumn firing

Just finished my Autumn firing, kiln number 20.

Firing a bit later than usual owing to our trip to England in the summer, but quite nice to fire in November − cool but not too cold and clear skies all week, so perfect weather really. A big thank you to all who helped out, unloading in a couple of days with my exhibition at Osaka Namba Takashimaya starting on December 5th!

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Isetan exhibition

Our group exhibition at Isetan dept store in Shijuku,Tokyo has just come to an end.

Big thank you to all who came and especially to the ‘Nice Things’ magazine team who produced the event! 

Shopping in Bizen!

My favourite kind of shopping! Rented a truck and headed off to Bizen for a three ton load. For those who don’t know this type of clay is dug from under the rice fields in the autumn/winter, usually about 2 or 3 metres below the surface.

This particular clay, from an area called Sagarimatsu (underpine!) is very fine,black and very sticky. It gives good colour but is a little weak in the firing on it’s own so I mix in 20-30 % rough yamatsuchi, mountain clay which strengthens it and opens up the body a bit.

Clay is a finite resource for me. It doesnt come out of a bag and good clay runs out. Three years ago Mr Sumikawa dug up 100 tons of this and I picked up the last three tons yesterday. All gone now. I’ll  try to use it well.