The big freeze is upon us at last, this is the most snow we’ve had for a few years at least. It came down quick over the course of 2 nights and a day, about 40 cm worth. It is stunning when it first arrives, but now several days later the novelty is wearing off! Minus 8 the other night I’m told…driving needs care, I’ve seen two cars gone over into the rice fields this week and where the sun doesn’t reach it packs down into ice and refuses to melt. Nothing for it but to fill up the wood stove and wait it out!
Wishing everybody a very Happy New Year, love, peace, good health and a little prosperity for 2017!
We finally made it up the mountain for the sunrise walk this year for the first time. A beautiful morning and stunning setting to be served matcha by Nessim, a young French student of tea who is working with me here for a short time this year.
My last exhibition of the year has now started in Takashimaya in Namba, Osaka. Mostly new work from my autumn firing, Lots of sake cups, bottles and other alcohol related pots, just in time for Christmas and the new year!
Osaka Takashimaya Dec 14-20 6th fl
Celebrating 25 years Gallery To-an held a special three day exhibition at the Swissotel in Namba,Osaka from November 25-27. It was a remarkable event, continuously packed with people throughout the weekend. A tribute to Kashiwagi san and the enthusiasm and energy she puts into her work. Very grateful to be a part of such a successful show!
Closer to home – my exhibition at Gallery Miyabi is now on, and runs until November 21st. Surrounded by fish shops and taco yaki restaurants, it’s a pretty lively area!
A couple of shots of the exhibition at Maruei Department store Events Gallery. From Nov 3-9
My Exhibition at Maruei department store in Nagoya starts tomorrow. It goes from November 3rd to the 9th, so anyone in the area please be sure to drop by!
Bizen Pottery Festival this week end and I set up my shop there as usual. Lucky with the weather and a good crowd of people it was a pretty good turnout. An estimated 80,000 to 100,000 people come for the weekend every year, and it’s good to see that Bizen still has a lot of supporters from all ages and walks of life.
As usual I was running late with the firing, trying to make pots up to the very last minute – we finished firing last Thursday and I headed off to do the Bizen pottery festival on the Friday!
Our exhibition an Art Spsce Largoin Ikeda starts tomorrow (Sept 2), in collaboration with percussion group ‘baobab’ who will be performing live in the gallery on September 4. It promises to be a fun day, tickets almost sold out!