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Group exhibition

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My wife, Chihiro is in a group exhibition in Mitsukoshi department store in Nihonbashi, Tokyo until August 24. She is showing a selection of shawls and scarves. Also exhibited are ceramics, glass, basketry, and woodwork. It should be a fine show!


Sunflower festival in Yuzu!

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Today was the sunflower festival in Yuzu. Yuzu is the village where my kiln and workshop are, and the festival takes place about 5 minutes walk away! I always put out a table of pots and it is always a fun day.

It’s an unusual festival in the sense that it has proved to be incredibly successful for a small village festival. Now in Its 13th year it pulls in hundreds if not thousands of people from all over the place just for the day. The organisers say they don’t want it to get any bigger as parking in the small village is difficult! My only complaint is that I didn’t use suncream on the back of my legs and am paying the price!

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Blue skies woodsplitting!

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Moving on well with the woodsplitting and it was a gorgeous day today, very hot (32C) but a constant and strong breeze all day. Beautiful blue skies and wonderful clouds. It makes such a difference to your spirit when you’re working outside and the world is full of colour.

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An evening snack !

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An evening snack Japanese style – as the weather heats up, freshly caught sazae and  two small bottles of very chilled locally made sake. Strangely delicious!


Winds of change…

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Summer skies…

Beautiful skies around these parts the day before yesterday – very hot, 35*C – just before Typhoon no.11 descended upon us last night and today, bringing lots of rain but thankfully not too much wind. Nice and cool though this evening.

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Typhoon clouds…

 


Typhoon no.11

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Jar from the last kiln…

Very wet day today. Lots and lots of rain. I’m glad my woodshed is done and I bolted it to the concrete footings the day before this typhoon came in. Nothing to worry about really, the wind didn’t really come on too strong. And the rain gave this jar a clean!


Woodsplitting!

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The rainy season is drawing to a close and time to split some wood before I start making pots. I have a lot of wood, at least 2 kilns worth in log form at the moment, all red pine, and I’m going to get a load split as soon as possible – what with building the roof, moving all the wood around and starting the big split I am really looking forward to getting back into the workshop as soon as possible…


Woodstack…

 

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Now the shed is done I’ve been moving all that  wood back in under cover – it’s a nice feeling to get the wood out of the rain -there’s nothing more depressing than wet mouldy wood!

 

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Before and after…

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Woodshed 2003-2015!

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Woodshed 2015~

Well, that’s the woodshed pretty much done and I have to say it’s a big improvement on the last one. Joins up nicely with the kiln and gives me a lot more head room as well as space for all the wood. It felt like slow going at times, but I always try to remember that no matter how long something takes to put together it will almost always last far longer than it took to make. Tibetan sand paintings aside!


Mango!

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This is Mango! She arrived from a shelter in Kameoka just a few days ago. She’s three months old and was actually born in the shelter and has spent the last 12 weeks with her mother and forty other dogs. She probably finds our place a bit quiet for the moment! She’s becoming fast friends with our other dog, Coco, who has woken up a bit having been in a bit of a slump since Maru passed away a few months back, just before the last firing. I’m hoping she’ll be company for me too up in the workshop in the future!