Travels with clay

It's a little over a week until I leave for Japan and I've been looking through my work for concepts to take with me. 

I am aware of a very strong need to be in the moment during my stay at Shigaraki, to absorb the surroundings and respond very simply to the environment. It is my first visit to Japan and I expect the 'eye opening' nature of this trip to influence the work I produce. 

But I also want to continue a thread of new work I have started in the UK - clay drawings - and take them with me to Shigaraki.

I'll also take some ideas I have used as 'scenarios' in the past and see how they respond to their new setting.

I like the idea of re-locating ideas, starting them in one country and developing them in another.

Given the time difference (9 hours) and my interest in history, I'm excited by the idea of creating work in the future and bringing it back in time.



Clay drawing (detail), 2017


Clay scenario - 'Night on Essex Marshes', 2015

Japan Residency

I will be travelling to Japan at the end of February 2017 to undertake a ceramics residency on the international artists programme at The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park (SCCP).

The residency will allow me to work with clay and ceramic processes at a much deeper level, and I was drawn to the programme at SCCP because it is situated in Shigaraki - one of the six historic pottery regions of Japan.  

I hope to work directly with locally sourced clays and understand traditional Japanese techniques such as Anagama wood firing, as well as absorb the unique artistic culture of Japan.

This residency also offers a valuable opportunity to take my practice to another country for the first time and I hope it will provide exciting inspiration for new work as well as opportunities for personal development.

I will be documenting my experience on this blog throughout March 2017, so keep in touch with my progress here.

This residency has been kindly funded by the Daiwa Foundation and the Great Britain Sasakawa Foundation.