Notes on Japan

I like to travel to Japan to visit potters and other artists. Japan has the longest known history of pottery making in the world. In 2002, I was invited to a wood fire festival in northern Japan. Myself and 60 other artists from all over the world came together to create anything they wanted in clay. It was called the Goshogawara Wood Fire Festival and it was fascinating to see all kinds of expression and technique in clay working.The area itself is home to the oldest pottery sites ever documented (circa 3000 bc).
I've also taught in Japan. After attending the wood fire festival I was invited to teach a series of classes on studio pottery making in a town on the west coast of Japan.

 

Pieces on exhibit in Japan: 2001