The cup on the left and myself finally made it to Rhode Island for NCECA (National Council for Education of the Ceramic Arts)! The cup is on display at the NCECA Annual Cup Sale!
NCECA is held in a different city every year, Providence, Rhode Island for 2015 and will be in Portland, Oregon for 2016. This year was my 3rd year to be able to travel for this event. It is 4 full days packed with lectures, demonstrations, galleries, exhibitions, and one of the best opportunities to be able to see, hold, and buy some of the most admirable ceramic works. Artist's websites don't hardly ever do their work justice so I am always amazed to see functional pieces up close!
I am very happy to be working at Anderson Ranch at the same time as Takashi Nakazato and Fumiko Nagai. Takashi is a 13th generation potter and a living National Treasure of Japan. So cool to watch the two of them work in the studio this month and assist them in wadding, loading and wood firing the many pieces Takashi and Fumiko make here at the Ranch. Too many things to learn from them and the Japanese tradition!
Below is a photo of when we fired the ninogama, a small anagama type of kiln.
I have created this blog so that people can see more of the studio process.