Tougei No Mori

Life at Tougei No Mori (Forest of Ceramics) has begun in refreshingly familiar, but also new ways.

For a start the jet lag has been no problem. I put this down to managing to sleep on the aeroplane or at least refuse to be tempted by the view from the window as before!

The task ahead is starting to come into focus and most of my time has now been allocated.

My project this year means I will be constantly juggling organisational tasks with creative work.

The exhibition at the end of my month means I need to be looking forward at the space now and making work accordingly. This is exciting and challenging but hopefully my period of testing back in the U.K. and my successful trip to Hiroshima will help.

It has also been wonderful to meet up with the staff at SCCP again, who make life here such a happy one.

I’m also getting to know my new fellow artists and the residency is now almost full to capacity with very talented people. More on this, will no doubt follow.

  Ceramic prints made in the U.K. made it through the journey!

Ceramic prints made in the U.K. made it through the journey!

  Much testing on Japanese clay begins - mainly to see if the natural fibres will fire ok. This is another theme based around the refining of uranium - ‘yellow cake’.

Much testing on Japanese clay begins - mainly to see if the natural fibres will fire ok. This is another theme based around the refining of uranium - ‘yellow cake’.

  I’ve been checking out the gallery space - measuring and considering options for curation.

I’ve been checking out the gallery space - measuring and considering options for curation.

  After work - amazing trip into the mountains with Erika.

After work - amazing trip into the mountains with Erika.

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  Local and very talented potter showed us his Shigaraki wares.

Local and very talented potter showed us his Shigaraki wares.

  Yoko - she hasn’t changed!

Yoko - she hasn’t changed!

  New artists - Thanos from Greece (although he’s just left), Antonio (Hong Kong), Vanessa (China), Barbara (U.K.)

New artists - Thanos from Greece (although he’s just left), Antonio (Hong Kong), Vanessa (China), Barbara (U.K.)