Bizen Pottery Festival 2016

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.



Finished firing!

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!


Exhibition and Live Music

imageOur 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!

‘Oribe’ exhibitions finished!

imageOur exhibitions at ‘Oribe’ in Tokyo and Nagoya have come to an end! A big thank you to all the staff  and to all who came. It’s time for me to get back behind the wheel now, the wood is split and the clay is coming along. Next event is Kyoto Gojozaka pottery festival in August – prepare for the heat!





‘Oribe’ in Shimokitazawa

Our exhibition in Tokyo started yesterday. It’s not always easy doing a collaboration but the staff here at Oribe have done a great job with the layout, so thank you to them! The exhibition runs until the 12th in Tokyo, and then moves down to Oribe’s other gallery in Nagoya. If you are in the neighbourhood please drop by!


Exhibition in Tokyo

imageStarting this weekend Chihiro and I are holding a joint exhibition at ‘Oribe’ , first in Tokyo and then later in the month in Nagoya. We will both be at the gallery for the opening day in Tokyo, and I will be there on the Sunday as well. If you are in the neighbourhood please drop by, they serve good coffee too!

Gallery Ryu exhibition

Gallery Ryu is a beautiful small gallery in Kyoto. An old ‘machiya’, or town house, it used to house a weaving workshop and family. It has now been tastefully restored leaving much of the original character. My exhibitiion there runs from May 11-22.
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Teatime in Taiwan


Taiwan has a great tea drinking culture, brewed in mini teapots and drunk from mini cups. We took a trip there just now and I managed to  grab this quick vid of tea in a teahouse up in the hills.. Click on the caption above

Takashimaya contd..,

imageThis is a ‘cranes neck’ style vase, fired underneath the side firing stoke holes in my last kiln. The top part was covered by another pot, protecting the neck from the accumulated ash and wood. The colours are varied and beautiful, it has a very elegant feel to it.