Blog&News

Woodshed…

The end is in sight! Stick by stick the roof is going up – the thing about working on your own on anything like this is that there’s no one to pass you something when you want it. I seem to spend a lot of time drudging around going to pick up a saw or move a ladder. When I look back things seem to have come along quite fast, but as the rainy season hits us and the temperature and humidity soar it often feels like I’m plodding around in slow motion…

image

 


Summer bugs etc

image The rainy season has just arrived and with it the start of the bug and bug eaters boom! The beautiful metallic one I found out walking, the butterfly was on the floor of the workshop one morning and the little frog was 2 metres up a ladder on the top of the wood shed roof!image imageThe other day I found a big wasp trapped in a spider’s web, a little spider there started to move in close, then suddenly the wasp took off dragging the little fella through the air behind him dangling on a thread of web…beautiful, strange and gruesome is the insect world, a real life horror movie.


Posts and Beams up today!

image image imageGot the main posts and beams up for the new wood/baby kiln shed today – thanks to Mr Murakami’s yumbo and the might of Messrs Takagi and Inui. Hot sunny day, not much shade – leads me to thinking what it will be like putting the roof on…


Sunset and rice planting…

Looking east

Looking east

May is a beautiful time here in Kasuga – I took these photos on the way to buy a couple of beers, looking east, left of the road, and looking right towards the setting sun. Just after the fields were flooded and before the rice was planted…

Looking west

Looking west


Nature spot!

After the airlessness of the museum yesterday and rather a lot of wine last night, we headed off to one of my favourite places, Higaoku falls, for a walk, a picnic and to recharge and relax in a way that only nature and running water can do!

image


Celadon Exhibition!

My friend Sasaki san came up from Bizen to stay with us this week-end so we took a trip to see the Celadon Now exhibition at the Hyogo Museum of Ceramic Arts. Top level exhibition, some beautiful work and amazing techniques!image


Started Digging!

image  image

Well, the old wood shed is down and a great deal of space it has created. Toku san, gardener and can-do-anything man is in for a couple of days digging into the mountain a bit at the back to make some room for what will be the baby kiln one day in the not too distant future! I’m still undecided on roof design- the new area will probably have  3 or 4 interlocking roofs as it’s quite a big area, to cover the new wood shed, electric kiln ( as yet unused!) and tne new future baby kiln. Hope the weather holds for a bit!

 


Classical style!

image

Bizen Hidasuki Tsurukubi – the crane neck vase

Pots are always transformed when in use – this is a classical Bizen form, very simple and elegant. Thank you to Ishida san for the flowers!


Gallery Ishida Exhibition!

It’s been a while since I sat in a cafe outside and watched the world go buy! In Tokyo for our exhibition at Gallery Ishida in Kichijoji – according to a travel guide, the most popular place to live in the whole of Japan!
image

image


Off to Tokyo!

Off we go to Tokyo! Exhibition with Chihiro starts today and I will be in Gallery Ishida on Saturday and Sunday. Looking forward to the big city!image

image