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Wood collecting !

 

Sawn up pine beams!

Sawn up pine beams!

It was quite a good week for wood collecting last week. A Mr Sakai came round to see me to ask if I wanted some old pine boards, I said I’d like to take a look so the next day he took me to this beautiful 120 year old house 10 minutes down the road. He’s the contractor on a major refurbishment job, and out the back was a barn with a dozen 4m x 12inch x 4inch pine beams – old, good wood, full of resin and well dried – just what I need to finish off a winter firing!

Then a couple of days later another call, did I want some pine trees an electrical company just cut down? Yes please! So next morning at 7.30 Mr Tagawa brought them along in his truck and we off loaded them up at the workshop. Very fresh and wet so they’ll be drying for a while, but nice wood.

I almost never say no to an offer of wood and over the years many people have helped me out, sometimes with a little, sometimes with a lot but it all

adds up and I’m always grateful for it. Thank you people!

Fresh pine and oak (kunugi)!!

Fresh pine and oak (kunugi)!!

先週は、良いニュースが入りました。近所の大工さんより、木があるよと連絡をもらい、行った現場が120年前のとても綺麗な家。そこで、よく乾いた古い木をいただきました。

そして、数日後同じ村の人から、木があるよ〜と連絡が入り、次の日にクヌギと松が届けられました。

木があるけどいる?の申し出には、絶対に要りませんとは言わない。そしてたくさんの人が、声をかけてくれます。皆さん、ありがとうございます。これからもよろしくお願いします!


Started making!

imageStarted making a couple of days ago. It always takes a while to get into the swing of things and I usually start off with something small to flex the fingers! Yunomis this time and most of them are destined for the front end of the kiln where they’ll get lots of well molten ash !

2,3日前からロクロが始まりました。いつものことですが、ロクロ作業に慣れるまで少し時間がかかります。指のウォームアップの為、いつも小さなものから作り始めます。今回は湯呑み。窯の正面には入りどろりと溶けた灰釉をしっかり被る予定です。

 


Working through the winter.

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Wood drying under a foot of snow.

 

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Making clay with the aid of the wood stove.

We had about a foot of snow over the new year period and though it’s pretty much all gone now it’s cold and wet outside and next to impossible to make and dry clay without it freezing solid. For the last couple of years I’ve been drying the clay in the winter in front of the wood burner in the workshop and it actually works quite well so long as I keep moving the clay around to dry it evenly. It always amazes me the difference in climate between Bizen and Tamba though they are are only 2 hours apart. In 5 years in Bizen I think I saw snow settle once and that was gone almost straight away. Here we usually get 20-30cm falling maybe half a dozen times over the winter. Going down to Bizen the other day it surprised me how the kiln wood often isn’t even covered over the winter, just left out in the sun, the weather is that good. I hate to think what condition my wood would be in if it wasn’t under a roof. As it is I stack it as openly as possibe in the hope of it drying out somewhat by the spring, Still at least the workshop is nice and toasty!

年明けからの2日間は雪が積もりましたが、今はほとんど溶け寒くて湿った天気です。このままだと土は乾くどころか、凍った大きな塊になってしまうので、この2,3年は薪ストーブの前で乾かします。車でたった2,3時間なのに丹波と備前の天候は違い、備前に5年住んでた間に雪を見た事は数えるほどで、降ってもすぐに溶けてしまっていました。ここ丹波では、一冬で5,6日以上は雪の日があります。備前では冬の間、薪置き場を覆うことは無く太陽の下で乾かしますが、丹波の天候では考えられません。とにかく、次の春の窯焚きまでに薪が乾いてくれるのを願います。工房の中が薪ストーブのおかげで暖かいのが、救いです。


Happy New Year !

The drive home today

The drive home today

Happy New Year!’

It’s still the first day of 2015 and the first entry of my first ever blog…it was a beautiful morning today, I took the dogs out for a walk in the sun, by mid morning it was clouding over and this is what it was like as we headed back home after lunch and a dip in the hot spring! I wanted to start work tomorrow but it’s a crystal clear freezing night and I’ll need a bit of motivating to get up to the workshop in the morning…

Thanks to anyone  reading this, I’ll try to keep it well posted with the goings on of life as a potter in and around Tamba.

2015年最初の日、そして私の最初のブログの日です。今朝青空の下犬を散歩し、初詣と温泉を済ませた後、この雪景色になりました。明日、初仕事の予定ですが雪に埋もれた工房に行くには、ヤル気を奮い立たせないと!

このブログを読んでいただき、ありがとうございます。これから陶芸の事、丹波の暮らしの事を綴っていきたいと思います。