Tropical

The weather has suddenly jumped back into summer mode - very humid, heavy downpours mixed with hot sun.  

This was tricky for the start of the Tougei No Mori Ceramics Market which is a major local event in Shigaraki and the region.  But the rest of the weekend is due to stay dry.

I spent most of the day trying to keep cool and work on some options for my important test firing on Monday. One challenge is that wood kilns are known to provide striking effects on vertical wares. So I’m probably going to mix flat pieces with other shapes in order to maximise these opportunities.

Sita’s Ittekoi firing was successful, which gives added confidence for mine on the 18th.

I’ve also spent some excellent time with Guest Artist from Philadelphia, Nathan Willever, talking about coal beds and cones. 

Finished the day with more bike exercise and discovered a large Buddhist temple along my countryside route. 

 

  Sita unloading the Ittekoi.

Sita unloading the Ittekoi.

   Test tile waiting for Monday.

 Test tile waiting for Monday.


 

  Foliage gifts from the mountain .

Foliage gifts from the mountain.

  Bamboo at the top of the park.

Bamboo at the top of the park.

   Rain clearing for visitors to the Ceramics Market.

 Rain clearing for visitors to the Ceramics Market.

 Temple at dusk.

Temple at dusk.