JBaymore wrote: ronin ceramurai wrote:
Also in Tokyo I met with Shimada Fumio at Tokyo University of the Arts and while there saw that fellow TCer JBaymore had preceeded me leaving behind a wonderful vase which was on display in the ceramics studio. Way to go JB!
Yeah... there are a few of my pots hiding in various interesting places around Japan
How's the weather over there? It is feeling a bit like Japan in the summer here in the Northeast at the moment.
Spent most of the day yesterday soaking wet with sweat. Ahhh.... fond memories
Hope you said "hi" to Shimada-sensei for me
. I have been a guest lecturer there at Geidai (Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music....or whatever that name is now that they just changed it again) twice. I first met Shimada-sensei at an NCECA conference years and years ago. That is one heck of a program they have there.
I miss Japan.... but it is good to spend time at home for a summer.
Hope your time in Japan is fun and productive.
For the most part the weather has been pretty awesome, or perhaps I'm just handling it better. Had a couple of hot/muggy days in Tokyo and a day or rain here in Kyoto yesterday, but for the most part it's been quite nice.
I met Shimada-sensei, along with Toyofuku-sensei and staff last Monday
regarding me doing work at Geidai for a year or so starting next spring. I have to take the details home and have a few discussions, but I am excited about the opportunity to be working here in Japan again and doing it at Geidai.
Yesterday I went out to Moriyama, which is about 30 min from Kyoto to the Sagawa art museum to see their collection of the current Raku Kichizaemon's work which was fabulous. The musuem was quite amazing as well as Raku-san had designed both the gallery his work was in which was underneath a pond with the skylights in the gallery being underwater as well, and the chashitsu. Definately a stop to add to the pottery tours I've been doing.
Opening the catalogue from the exhibition, the first thing I read made a profound impression on me.
"Rules and manners-
obey them to the limit(shu)
even leave them(ri)
but never forget their fundamentals(hon)"
I'll try to post few shots from the museum later.....
Best from Kyoto,