Trip to Tokyo

   After 20 years in Japan I finally made it to the Japan Folkcraft Museum in Tokyo this weekend. It’s a wonderful old building with a great collection of old folkcraft, mostly Japanese and Korean, that really makes you marvel at the sensitivity of people in days of old. There was a special temporary exhibition of old, mostly 18 th century Korean work – there were some lovely chawan and tsubo on display – old korean craft has this wonderfully interwoven sense of play and elegance, not always technically so accomplished but very fulfilling and likeable.


After that we headed of to Shibuya where amongst other things we got to see a great many people crossing the road at the famous ‘scramble’ crossroads. Downed a couple of beers and jumped on the shinkansen back to green fields and cherry blossoms…


Spring time again!

Spring is here at last and the cherry blossoms are out in full this weekend. I had a good firing a couple of weeks ago and exhibitions in Osaka, Kyoto, Nagoya and Tokyo over the next couple of months. It feels like things are waking up after the dormancy of winter!




Cold days recently, everything frozen solid. I have a woodburner and a paraffin stove going this year and it keeps it at a very workable 20-22c, but go outside and it really is bitter when the wind blows…

Happy New Year!

Well, not so new anymore but it feels like it because we had our first snow last night, and it usually snows around the turn of the new year. Predictions are for minus 6 in a couple of days time!  I had to take some photos for an exhibition coming in the spring and thought I’ d take one in the snow while I was at it..



Working dog!

imageMango’s debut up at the workshop today. 8 months old and having destroyed half the house it’s time for a bit of fresh air! She is an amazingly different creature outside of the home, she seems to shrink in size and confidence accordingly. I dont think she was very happy about it today, but I’m sure our other dog, Coco, was glad of the break.



imageIt’s a busy time of year for exhibitions right now. My exhibition at thewonderful Cafe Ma-no starts today with a strong ‘cafe’ theme – teapots, coffee pots, cafe au lait bowls and more. Runs until Nov 23rd.



Day trip to Asuka

image imageWe took a day trip to the ancient city of Asuka near Nara the other day. Chihiro and I are doing a joint exhibition there next month and we went to have a chat with the gallery about that. On the way back we came across this place, named ‘Ishibutai’ which is apparently the largest square burial mound in Japan, dating back to the sixth century. Photos are of above and below ground. As you can see the size and placing of the stones is impressive, the largest of the rocks on top is estimated to weigh around 70 tons!


Frogs eye…

imageThis not so little froggy was outside the workshop the other morning – giving me the beady eye – he didn’t flinch as I crept up to him and intruded with my iphone up close. So many frogs around here, Mango our dog, 6 months old, has taken it upon herself to bring at least one or two into the house everyday recently, unfortunately they are not left quite as robust as the fella up above…