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Monday, 13 January 2020

Books 2020

Happy New Year.

After very busy 2019, now I have rested well. I went back to the studio on the third of January despite terrible cold I caught from a gathering. Spring commissions were waiting, and I had to start. Yesterday is the first time I took a day off this year. It sounds lovely, but actually I did house cleaning. It's nice to live in a small house. It doesn't take too long to clean it.

Today I'm going to tell you about the books I have enjoyed last 12 months or so. You might wonder why books? It's because they are important part of my life and also of my creativity. Although I used to be a bookworm in Japan, since I moved to the UK in the 90's I hadn't read enough. But finally reading has come back to part of my life. My main reading time is one month at year end and during illness. So I have just read a couple of books.

There are five books I have truly enjoyed, Uprooted and Spinning silver by Naomi Novik, Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern, The song of Achilles and Circe by Madeline Miller.

Naomi Novik is a excellent story teller. She is witty and insightful and her writing is crisp and it has good rhythm. I also like her tempo. I am not patient enough to wait something happening until the middle of the book. I want every page full of magic, especially I don't have much time to read. If Uprooted was a strong chubby small child, Spinning silver was a delicate, complex and more sophisticated adult. Both are about brave females. And I love strong and intelligent females.

  Uprooted by [Novik, Naomi]


I liked The song of Achilles a bit more than Circe. I read Circe first, and saw reviews by readers saying Circe is better. So I managed my expectation, but the book exceeded. Marvelous. Achilles was written with a full of aestheticism. I like that. There is the fate, but it won't come in the way it was expected. I had empathy with Achilles because I am a person of principles; I saw myself in Achilles at the end of the story. I read the last chapters three times and I cried three times. Circe was interesting and I enjoyed it enough. I always like those highly talented craftsmen/women in reality or in fiction. I was very attracted to Daedalus. I can't say more without spoiling.

The Song of Achilles by [Miller, Madeline] Circe: The International No. 1 Bestseller - Shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2019 by [Miller, Madeline]

Night circus is amazing. I loved it from the first sentence. It is beautifully written. Attention to details is perfect. I had enjoyed floating in the world. if the circus appears suddenly in my city, I would go there every night. When I read the review on the covers afterwards, it says romance. I even didn't notice that it was. It is utterly absorbing. Details are everything. Another superb craftsman in it caught my attention. There is tension in the story all the way through. I almost felt I didn't need the conclusion. It reminds me of an old film called Rondo.

The Night Circus (Vintage Magic Book 5) by [Morgenstern, Erin]

I have also one book about trees I enjoyed so much. I love trees. I am definitely a forest person than a beach person. The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben. Everyone should read.



Sunday, 28 July 2019

New online store now open

My new online store is now ready!


There are new works and old favourites. For the first time, all my works big and small are in one place. I hope you enjoy your visits. 

It has taken us one year from the decision to opening. I have been very busy with creating works with lots of deadlines. So I was unable to keep working on our Store project. We are delighted that it has finally opened!

I'm still adding works daily. So please check once a while. 


Link will be on this blog, and my website.


Wednesday, 20 March 2019

Ceramic Art London 2019

I am delighted to be at this prestigious show, this weekend again. It is my fifth year.



I hope to see you there! My stand is 34.

Ceramic Art London

Saturday, 3 November 2018

Open studio weekend

Open studio weekend
3 & 4 November
10-5
1 Foxdown Close
Canterbury
Kent


Room 1

Room 2

Sunday, 21 October 2018

Oxford Ceramics Fair and Open Studio

The last two events of the year are coming soon. Oxford Ceramics Fair will be next weekend, 27-28 October and Open Studio, 3-4 November.

Oxford Ceramics Fair is run by the CPA, and exhibitors are mainly fellow and selected CPA members with a group of a few associate members. It is the 19th this year, and I am happy to be a part of it.

Cherry Tree is in the poster and flyers. How nice! Orchard, along with other lovely ceramics, are in the window of Blackwell's Art and Poster Shop, Oxford, to promote the fair. You can purchase them directly there.



I will give a talk and short demo, Sunday afternoon. 2PM.
'Making the invisible visible'. It will be interesting to see if you could understand me. Hahaha!

Full programme: http://www.oxfordceramicsfair.co.uk/programme/

I hope to see you there.

Link: http://www.oxfordceramicsfair.co.uk/




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Open Studio

We are having the second Open Studio, 3-4 November.

10-5 on both days.

1 Foxdown Close
Canterbury
CT2 7RR

Free parking close by.

Mike, Midori and Pearl the whippet will be on duty.