It's taken 18 months, but I am finally on the verge of a return trip to Japan this October.
I will be returning to Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park to undertake a specific project and hold my first exhibition in Japan.
My initial inspiration has been the symbol of the 'Hibaku-Jumoku' or the 'Survivor Trees', that withstood the impact of the atomic bombings of Hiroshima and Nagasaki in World War Two.
I will be travelling to Hiroshima (typhoons willing) on my arrival in Japan. There I will be visiting the Memorial Park and Museum and gathering natural materials for my work at Shigaraki.
I also hope to meet representatives of the voluntary body 'Green Legacy Hiroshima' who take care of the surviving trees in the City.
Sadly, time does not allow a trip to Nagasaki, but I will be using the testimonies of those people who survived the bombs to inform the project.
I will then set off to Shigaraki, arriving on October 2nd and staying for a month to develop new work, using the wood firing kilns and having an exhibition toward the end of my stay.
The next couple of weeks before I leave will be taken up with testing materials and designs in preparation for the trip.
Thank you to all those who have supported and helped me realise this project. Returning to Japan is a tremendous gift and one which I hope you can enjoy with me via this blog.
Look out for new updates soon.