RESIDENCY IN JAPAN
In the autumn of 2018, I was invited to do a residency at the Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art in Mashiko, Japan. I was there for seven weeks, from mid September to November.
It was a wonderful experience to live and work as a potter in Japan again. I started my potting life in Japan, so it felt a bit like ‘going back to my roots’ as a potter. I love Japanese food and the way that all the cafes and restaurants use hand-made pots. It has renewed my commitment to making pots for food which really enhance the eating experience.
I was working in stoneware while I was there and it was interesting using different clays and glazes. I hope to continue with the spirit of exploring new materials and techniques this year back in the UK . I’m sure that my experience will be the source of much inspiration. I shipped back some of the pots which I made in Japan. Many of these are now on sale at The Studio.
OPEN CRAFTS STUDIOS
Moretonhampstead is home to a great many craft makers. We have got together to promote our work and encourage visitors. We have a permanent display of our work at the Central Cafe in Moretonhampstead, with details of the makers and how to visit or contat them. We also organise OPEN CRAFT STUDIOS twice a year. The next one is on Saturday 30thMarch 2019. The OPEN CRAFT STUDIOS gives visitors a chance to see craft makers at work and some also offer hands-on workshops.
Some of the Moretonhampstead craft makers are holding a JANUARY SALE for the whole of the month of January. This is also likely to become an annual event. For me this is a chance to have a good clear out and start the year afresh – so lots of bargains and 20% discount off regular stock.
This year I will be having two new apprentices. The first is Kinnosuke Nakazato from Japan, who will be with me for six months from January. He has been studying ceramics with his father who is a well-known potter in Japan and is looking to get a wider experience of ceramics before becoming a potter in Japan.
In August, I will be welcoming Lena Butschek from Austria. She is finishing a degree in ceramics and already has quite a lot of experience working in other potteries. She will be with me for a year.
It is very rewarding to work with young people and see their work develop. Their energy and commitment help to keep me going!