And with that my exhibition at kanoya gallery in mashiko is over and with it my time in japan feels so close to it’s end too. later this morning me and doi will take down the exhibition before driving it back to the pottery and setting it aside to deal with the week after. this week, for the next six days anyway, i’m throwing for ken matsuzaki, my last stint on the kick-wheel making yunomi teacups off the hump, twenty-two cups seven times, each with a different clay body. i’m definitely going to be rusty, i haven’t thrown for almost two months and haven’t used the kick wheel since lat year but it’s a nice way of ending my time here.
the week after will be spent wrapping up my work to ship home, with the intent of putting it up on my website shop alongside a few potential exhibitions and with any luck i’ll have a few days towards the end to mope around mashiko to load up on souvenirs and photographs.
as much as i am looking forward to coming home and reuniting with my family and friends the past few weeks haven’t been so bad, i spent a week with my mother and then time in the gallery speaking to folk from all over japan and the rest of the world, miraculously.
pictured is another one of the rice rusk ash and oribe bowls, this time it has properly pooled in the middle. i’ll be bringing some of these home too, and a number have found good homes already. i’m going to miss spending time at the gallery. yukari-san, the lovely owner has been so kind, making me those around tonkatsu sandwiches and coffee—i’ve felt so well looked after.