One of the central pieces of the recent exhibition at Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park was made from Camelia seeds (Yabu Tsubaki 椿).
The seeds were hand-picked on Sunday 23rd September 2018 by Prof Nassrine Azimi and volunteers from Green Legacy Hiroshima who donated them to my project when I arrived on the 1st October.
Of course I didn’t know how these seeds would respond to the firing, or what kind of effect they would leave. It was one of the best aspects of this project, having an element of chance running alongside the more formal testing of clay bodies and firing techniques.
I’ll never forget as I drew back the kiln lid, the likeness the seeds had made, to the symbol for radiation.
The final work is titled: ‘For Every Bomb, There’s a Bloom’ 2018, 19 x 19 cm.