Full Moon!

Let the howling commence! 

My exhibition ‘Hibaku-Jumoku - in search of Hiroshima’s ‘Survivor Trees’ was launched yesterday at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park. 

The event was really lovely, made special by the attendance of my fellow artists, who I was able to thank. I was also grateful so many staff who have helped me at SCCP were also able to come, including Yuki, Matsunami San and Yoshiko. Special friends Yoko and Erika made my day, with beautiful flowers and cake from Erika. Her bamboo also appears in the exhibition - so lucky.

Tomoko Konno from last year’s residency also came which was a wonderful surprise as she is here in Shigaraki for a short while. 

Sugiyama San, Chief of the Residency, was present and returned after the first visit for a second look around. I’m very honoured! 

I’m pleased with the space and Yuki helped me set up pretty much on the day itself.

A special shout goes out to Nate who provided a wonderful vessel for the flowers! 

I also wanted to mention that Martin, Wen Hsi and Barbara all contributed to the making of my small teapots - clay and under glaze powder respectively! 

I have taken some pictures of the works today but will no doubt take more. 

One week to go... ouch!

 A few words... 

A few words... 

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 Meeting with Tomoko again - so special. 

Meeting with Tomoko again - so special. 

 Michael Jackson aka Yo-ko! 

Michael Jackson aka Yo-ko! 

 Virginia - great talent and company.

Virginia - great talent and company.

 Erika San - a star. 

Erika San - a star. 

 With Sugiyama San. 

With Sugiyama San. 

 Vanessa - so many gifts. 

Vanessa - so many gifts. 

 Barbara - I’ll never forget the Ittekoi noodles! 

Barbara - I’ll never forget the Ittekoi noodles! 

 With Man Yau - a super dude. 

With Man Yau - a super dude. 

 Nate - top shelf Lawson! 

Nate - top shelf Lawson! 

 Clark enjoying the detail.

Clark enjoying the detail.

 Thank you! 

Thank you! 

 Mikazuki special. 

Mikazuki special.