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Tuesday, 9 August 2016

Birds of summer

England is having a hot summer. We don't have it so often. Summer sometimes skips Britain; the land forgot by gods. That's how I often feel.

Swallow brooches
It has been hectic since I came back from Tokyo. But now all orders for summer deliveries have been posted, and I'm making for those for autumn deliveries. I can finally pace myself.


This summer I was able to make swallow brooches for the first time. I had been thinking to make one since last year.



They go very well with navy, which happen to be my favourite colour this summer. 



And here is my inspiration. A pair of nest-making house martins we saw in Kanagawa, Japan, in May. 




From my shop, other birds have flown away recently. 

Blackbirds. The right one has gone. The left one is in my shop

 Both Long tailed tits have gone to loving homes. Thank you so much.




 

Friday, 1 July 2016

PikaPika: Spotlight on Japanese designers

Hello. I have been busy for the last three weeks since I came back from Tokyo. I haven't had a single off day yet. The reason is that I have been working for PikaPika: Spotlight on Japanese designers exhibition, at the Gallery, Craft Central, London. I have fired the last pieces for it today. This was the third glaze-firing for it. 

I have also finished masks for Cecilia Colman gallery, London, for Window exhibition. I have just sent out Newsletters, about them. If you would like to hear updates about my events, please sign up from here, Sign up page.

PikaPika showcases work by Japanese designers and artists based in England. It was presented and curated by Creative Clerkenwell. PV will be on the 5th Tuesday - RSVP


I am so happy that my work will be with those of the talented artists and designers there. They are: 
Chisato Tamabayashi (book arts), Ikuko Iwamoto (ceramics), Maiko Dawson (leather), momocreatura (jewellery), Sato Hisao (paper), and Yuki Sasakura Assiter (jewellery).

I will be there on the Sunday. Pop in if you can!     






     

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

Back from Tokyo exhibition

I came back from Tokyo a week ago. The exhibition went very well. Sales had continued until the last day. I was very happy to fly back light as Mike had to go back a week earlier. We went with four cases full of work, and I came back with one case of work. Brilliant.

There were visitors from all over the Kanto region as well as Kansai region, which is the western part including the Osaka and Kyoto area. Thank you so much.

御来場、そして、ご購買の皆様、どうもありがとうございました。お目にかかることができ、又お話しすることができ、とても嬉しかったです。はるばるイギリスから参りました甲斐がありました。9年ぶりの日本は変わったことが多かったですが、それでも懐かしく感じました。30数年ぶりに会えた皆さん、月日が経つのは早いですね。お元気そうで何より。よぼよぼになる前に再会しましょうね!

I thank all those who purchased and visited. It was so lovely to meet you and to have chat with you!

They found good homes in Japan! Thank you so much!

The Pacific - sold


Neko kaburi - sold


Answer was in the box - sold


Children in conflict - sold


Red ridinghood -sold



Angel - sold


Tohryannsei - sold



The girl with red shoes - sold

Rabbit - sold



Polar bears - sold

Kaze no fukumama - Silver shell collection

All little tapirs have gone, of course.



And these stayed in Japan with my mother.

Angel - sold


Spring - sold

Current issue of Art Collectors' magazine is on 3D art. My work is featured in it.






A Japanese blog has also featured my exhibition. Thank you!
美術鑑賞BLOG「画廊巡りノート」

Thank you, people in Japan! See you again!

日本の皆様、どうもありがとうございました。また会える日まで、ごきげんよう。



Tuesday, 24 May 2016

Midori Takaki - Fantasia, Kyobashi, Tokyo

Hello! We are in a bullet train on the way back to Tokyo from Kyoto. It has been very hot, 30C every day.


Since we left Canterbury on the 13th, it had been hectic until we arrived at Kyoto for a short break. We had to get up at 3:50, at Heathrow airport hotel. Our plane arrived just after 6 at Haneda airport, Tokyo, on the 15th. Then we did setting up for the exhibition on the 16th, and the opening day on the 17th. We wanted to travel and to stay in Kanazawa for two nights after that, but all hotels were booked in the city when we searched for any available rooms the night before; we didn't have time to do in advance. So we made three day trips instead; to Sendai, Kaazawa and Nagano. Tiring, but very enjoyable. Then we went back to the gallery on Saturday. I met old friends including primary and secondary school friendwho I have not met about 35 years.


There were so many visitors last Saturday. I am sorry if I was unable to say hello to you.

The exhibition started nicely. Several pieces have gone to loving homes. I had pleasure to see lovely Korean ceramic artist Kim who visited CAL last year, again.




Two Japanese art magazines featured my exhibition. That was nice.

I will be in the gallery on the 31st and 3rd.

Wednesday, 11 May 2016

Preparing for an exhibition in Tokyo

Midori Takaki
Fantasia
17 May -  3 June 2016

Kyobashi, 2-10-10, Chuo-ku Tokyo 

Silver Shell Gallery


It has been very hectic since CAL. We both got tonsillitis, and then there was the worst part of the construction to bear. We were stressed out. However the show must go on. 

Here are some images of making work for the exhibition. 

Bisque firing


Finally Mike cut a damged kiln shelf to two. 

Whilst waiting for the larger pieces to dry, I made these ones. Animals in Japan. They are not real animals, but those that live in our minds and daily life. You see them in shop windows and shrines in Japan 

Animals in Japan

It was difficult to schedule firings as I was unable to fire for sevearal days due to the building work. It was a frustrating peiod.  

Glaze firing

Animals in Japan, Manekineko, Oinari-san and Monkey will be in Tokyo. 

Animals in Japan


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My Etsy shop remains open, but please be aware that next posting date will be the 6th June. 



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