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Saturday 3 November 2018

Open studio weekend

Open studio weekend
3 & 4 November
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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/


Open Studio

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

10-5 on both days.

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Free parking close by.

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


Sunday 14 October 2018

New series - Floral calendar

I had wanted to make new series of works since early 2017. But due to commitments and deadlines I was unable to start it; new types of works take a long time to be completed. There are several steps of trying, experimenting and working out how to make technically and, often failures. In January 2018, I allocated a block of time for it. They were Landscape girls. From there I branched out to Floral calendar, they are those I will share today.

The first ones took several months to be completed. But once I found out how to make one after technical problems were solved, I was able to concentrate on making details. Even so, the record hot summer caused headaches during making. As I have shared photos of work in progress, The first four were spoken for before completion. They all went to a nice homes. As I am typing this, June drop is only one available. Details are here.

Floral calendar. I made one by one when I saw those flowers during walks. They are those give me enormous joy during walks around our house, in the garden and in the woods nearby.

Cherry blossom - April
There is a small cherry tree I like very much. It grows in front of an ugly building. But it has the prettiest warm pink flowers of all cherry blossoms. I visit it and talk to it during walks.

Cherry blossom - sold
Cherry blossom 

Lily of the valley - May
These beautiful poisonous flowers are in the woods we walk. The scent is so lovely. I also have tender memory of them seen in Hokkaido in Japan when I was about six.

Lily of the valley - sold

June drop - There are lots of tiny applets that fall from apple trees in the garden in June. I feel a bit sad when I see them even though I knew it is good for the tree.  
June drop - Available

Kikyo, Balloon flowers - July
Kikyo is the flower of Japanese summer. They are on summer kimono, wind chimes and lots of things used in summer. When I came to the UK, I missed them so much, I grew them from seeds. They are established now, and come up every year. 

Kikyo - sold

Fairy rings - September
Mushrooms are fascinating. They are closer to animals than to plants, they say. There are lots of various types in the woods. They never fail to amaze me.

Fairy ring - sold

Saturday 22 September 2018

Ceramic Art London 2018

Before and after Ceramic Art London, 23-25 March. I had been hectic. At one point, I thought I might become mad! But I had kept my sanity, just. The result was the best ever. Although it is important to consider all other effects like media, promotion etc. from the prestigious shows like CAL, it is the upmost important to me and, I'm sure, most of others, to have good sales. Some visitors don't realise that how much time and effort as well as costs were put into to do a big show. In my case, literally months' effort.

So we are very pleased that all went very well. Thank you so much.   

Here are those sold at the show.

Departing - sold

Rabbit with Enso - sold

Departing and Rabbit with Enso went to a lovely gentleman. 

Girl with red shoes - sold
Red shoes are always popular. She went to a  lovely couple.

Holly - sold
Holly went to a nice gentleman. I was told she is a secret gift for his wife.

Mad Tea Party - sold
Mad Tea Party went to a ceramic school run by a lovely lady. Afterward I head and saw the photos of the works made by children who were inspired by the mask. How nice!   

Red shoes - sold
She went to a lovely couple.

Rabbit - sold
He has gone to a nice lady who visited with her lovely friends.

Owl - sold
He went to a nice couple. I had known one of them for a few years on Twitter. How lovely!  

Frenchie - sold

Pug - Sold
Frenchie and Pug went together to a lovely lady who lives with Frenchie and pug! 

Magic mushrooms - sold
Magic mushrooms went to a nice lady.

Lotus - sold
Lotus went to a lovely lady. She saw lotus in flower in Japan. How wonderful! 

Lots of small animals have also gone. White rabbits sold out. Anteaters also sold out. It was a great show!

Here is the stand after PV. Already some pieces had gone! We were too late to take photos of them.

Wednesday 12 September 2018

Les Tupiniers du Viex Lyon

We went to Lyon with Eurostar in May 2015, just after they launched a direct train from London. Lyon has been my favourite city in France. I had visited there for quite a few times since I was in my twenties.

After a summer show in Hatfield. I thought it would be great to have a long weekend especially they have Les Tupiniers du Viex Lyon, annual ceramic market. I saw in the website, 'A law by Charles VIII from 14 July 1492 authorizes the “tupiniers” to organize their annual market at Place Saint Jean.' With the love of history and tradition, I felt I must visit the market.

I have seen many ceramic arts and pottery in the UK through the fairs I have taken part in. It is nice to see something different and new in other countries. 

It was a glorious morning. There were already lots of people there. 140 stands under the sun in front of Cathedral Saint-Jean.

The view from the cathedral. Basilicque de Fourviere on the hill.

The market was also in the courtyard.

Also on the streets.

Beautiful cathedral had several gargoyles on it.

My favourite Basilique de Fourviere on the hill. We will visit a few days later.

We did come back next day for the last look. We bought a few more things. 

Lightweight, and beautifully made with details. All are stoneware ceramics. Blue big bowls for Udon, Japanese noodles, small for rice bowls, platter for a chocolate cake, cheese and biscuits. Expressionist bowl for pasta in cream sauce. 

I was brought up with high quality ceramics; my mother loves ceramics. each meal you use, you feel the hands and thoughts of the potter. 

Nice ceramics have nice foot rings. 

They look like paintings. Corinne Betton.

Reduction fired bowls with painterly decoration under white glaze. I love them. 

I fell in love with beautiful water marks. Jean-Luc Pirot

They look so easy to use, and well made.  Jean-Luc Feltrini

We had stayed four days in Lyon.  It was a lovely break for us.

Photos of Lyon: Mike