Tuesday, February 21, 2012

Pottery Paradise.....a trip to Arita, Karatsu and Okayama

I just got back from a trip to Kyushu with my husband, where we were able to visit some kilns and shops in Arita and Karatsu. On our return we were able to make a stop in Okayama to see some Bizen ware as well.  We had the luck to meet and talk with an American Bizen artist, John Thomas Wells, who has made his home in the mountains of Bizen now for over 30 years.  We were able to see some of his work in the Takashimaya Department store exhibit, just as they were packing it all up! John was kind enough to let us in to see some of his works and to talk with us for a while.  We really appreciated the opportunity! 
After visiting kilns and seeing the process of making these beautiful wares I gained a greater appreciation for their value. I will be incorporating the information I obtained on this trip into each respective category along with some other samples and marks.

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