Monday, December 19, 2005

Firing at NC pottery Center

Hitomi had a wood firing at NC pottery center on Sunday, Dec. 18th. She fired 2 chamber climbing kiln, nobori gama.
We started firing around 7 :00 am and finished 12:00 am, so it took 17 hours. She used salt for the 2nd chamber.
She is going to unload it on Wednesday,Dec. 21st. I am looking forward to seeing her pots and jar soon.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

North Carolina Pottery Center

Hitomi has been working at North Carolina Pottery Center since September. She is an artist in residence and studio manager. She organized studio space and started making pots. In the NC pottery Center, there are 2 wood kilns. One of them are 2 chamber climbing kiln designed and built by Douglass Rankin and Will Ruggles. The other one is Ground hog kiln which is traditional style kiln in Seagrove. She is planning to fire Ground Hog kiln.

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

Friends came to Seagrove.

In 2003, we lived in VA. We saw many good people and became good friends. We have been keep in touch with them even we went back to Japan. Since we started living in Seagrove in 2005. we sometimes visit VA and meet friends of ours again. It is not far from here to VA just, 3.5 hours. Anyway, we finally settle down our life here and could invite our good friends to here. It is very glad for us to do that. Randy-san and Cricket-san, and Mark-san came down to our house as a first guest 3 weeks ago, and Randy-san, Scott-san and Racheal-san came here as a second guest last weekend. We took them a pottery tour in Seagrove, and had a good time.

Wednesday, September 28, 2005

Clay Test

I am investigating clay around here. This is the one of the sample fired by David's kiln, cone 10. It came out nice. This area has a long tradition about pottery, because of the clay. It is very interesting. I will keep investigating clay.

Monday, September 26, 2005

The Workshop at Cub Creek Foundation in VA

Donna Polseno, Silvie Granatelli had a workshop at the Cub Creek Foundation. Ellen Shankin was supposed to come but unfortunately she could not, because she had a back problem. Both of them are professional potter from Floyd, VA, which is a kind of pottery village. Silvie was showing throwing technique and Donna was showing slab building. It was 2 days workshop, but we just attended 1 day, because Hitomi had a job on Sunday. Anyway, as we can see it was good workshop for functional potters.


Friday, September 16, 2005

My Jar


In 2003, we had a workshop at The Cub Creek Foundation. At that time I made a large jar. After that professor Randy Edmonson at longwood university has been keeping it. Thank you very much! We brought back it to Seagrove and fire it in David's kiln this time. Unfortunately, it has crack on the surface and rim, but it came out interestingly. The jar has been waiting firing for 2 years, I am happy I could be able to fire it. Thank you for everybody for helping it.

Wednesday, September 14, 2005

Unload the kiln


September 7th. David was unloading the kiln. He got a lot of great pots. But back side of the kiln was a little bit under fired, so some pots which were from back were a little dry. His show at NC pottery center start September 10th on Saturday. It is going to be great show.

Saturday, September 03, 2005

Finish firing


David finished firing just now. It has been firing since Monday. It was 5 days firing. Kiln opening will be 3 days after on Wednesday.

Friday, September 02, 2005

Firing


David is firing the kiln.

Tuesday, August 30, 2005

Start Firing


David start firing. He use long slab wood for the firng.

ハリケーン

ハリケーン「カトリーナ」がルイジアナ州ニューオーリンズに上陸し、中西部を北上している。たくさんの町が高潮で水没し、ルイジアナ州やミシシッピー州などで被災者が多く出たようだ。レベル5のハリケーンは、これまで数えるほどしか来ていないらしい。

ナショナルハリケーンセンターというのがあって、ここでハリケーンの詳細を調べることができる。
http://www.nhc.noaa.gov/

ここノースキャロライナは、今回は進路から外れているし、ここまで北上するとハリケーンの勢力はすでにある程度落ちているので、カリブ海沿岸ほどの被害はないことが多い。でも蒸し暑くて風が強く、空がどんよりしているので、気分も鬱々としてしまう。

たぶんこのハリケーンが過ぎると、暑さも和らぎ、秋の気配が訪れるだろう。こっちに来て、早3ヶ月。季節がひとつ、慌しく過ぎ去っていく。

Sunday, August 28, 2005

Start loading kiln


David start loading kiln. We help it. His kiln is very large, but I feel it is not so large, because his works are also large scale. He start firing tomorrow night. It is going to be hot!

Thursday, August 18, 2005

ノースキャロライナの風景





ノースキャロライナの夏は、本当に「真夏」という感じだ。暑い日には華氏100度(摂氏で40度ぐらい)を超えることもある。建物の中はびっくりするぐらいエアコンが効いているので、むしろ長袖のシャツなんかが必要なのだけど。

最近ノースキャロライナ州内のいろんな町を訪ねる機会が多い。車で高速を東に向かって走っていくと、目にするのは広大な、タバコ畑。ここノースキャロライナは、タバコの産地なのだ。どこまでも、黄緑色のタバコの葉っぱが続いていく。これが、私の中では、ノースキャロライナの風景となっている。

タバコのプランテーションの歴史は、アメリカの奴隷制度とかかわりがあることは、周知のことだろう。数百エーカー(1エーカーは約1224坪)のタバコのプランテーションを、人の手で行っていたのだから、たくさんの労働者が必要だっただろう。南北戦争後奴隷制度はなくなり、プランテーションは工業化され、その生産は形を変えた。時代は変わっても、アメリカ政府はタバコ生産者をさまざまな制度で保護し、生計を支えてきた。

ところが近年の禁煙傾向は、タバコの生産を徐々に減らしているようだ。アメリカのタバコの会社が訴訟に負けて、高額の賠償金を払わされたのは、耳に新しい。公共機関はすべて禁煙で、社会の中にタバコの煙が漂える隙間は、ほんのわずかだ。以前のようにたくさん売れなくなっただろうし、政府の庇護もだんだんなくなるだろう。もはやアメリカ社会の害となってしまったタバコを、それでもまだ、この辺りでは作り続けている。アジアやスカンジナビアでは、まだまだタバコが必要とされているからだ。

見ている限りは、風情のある、美しい風景なのだけど。そしてまた、その姿も変わっていくのだろう。

Friday, August 05, 2005

Smithsonian Institute


National Museum of the American Indian
Smithsonian Institutuion, Washington DC

We visited our friend who lives in Arlington, VA bitween July 30 and 31, and then went to The National Museum of the American Indian which was just oepned in the last September.

There are many interesting arts and crafts, exhibitions, and visual information like photo, panels and video which can explain how they grew their rich cultures. For us, especially clay works are very interesting. Not only table wares but also ceramic figures.

Tuesday, August 02, 2005

Penland

David is having Workshop at Penland. He is teaching how to make large jar. All of the students are trying to make large scale works. They are enjoying it. I could see many people there becasue they are having many workshop not only ceramics but olso Glass, Metal and Wood. I visited to see Glass studio. About 5 artists were trying to make works, some of them were team, they help each other. When they work they are listening music, it is like dance hall. Hot and Cool!

Saturday, July 02, 2005

TOYOTA Tundra Track


We have just got our new truck here! The name of truck is TOYOTA Tundora. We have been looking the car since we have got here. We could set up our life with this cool big truck! We are more than happy!

Thursday, June 23, 2005

Test Kiln

David has a small test kiln. We fired the kiln. It should be fired within 5 hours, but it took 8 hours. It has several reason. We did not open the damper enough and we put too big piece close to the chimney, and we used small wood pieces. Anyway, we have got cone10 and we pulled out some Seto black glaze pieces. Some of them were really nice.

Friday, June 17, 2005

Moved to North Carolina, Seagrove

We moved to North Carolina from Shigaraki Japan. We took our cat whose name is Zubee. We gave a tranquilizer to him, but it did not work, even worth. He was trying to get out from the cage and crying all the time. We were very sorry about him, but he made it! Congratulations Zubee! You are the first cat came to Seagrove from Shigaraki.

Thursday, January 06, 2005

Happy New Year

We got a lot of snow at the first day 2005. It was very beautiful.

snow in Shigaraki, 2005