IPT wrote:After seeing those two pieces I'd say I'm in.
I am thinking you were thinking about this all day?
I would be in! I love surprises.
This I definitely already know ... knew!
David R. wrote:I think this is a great idea ! I love Eiichi's work. I am looking forward to seeing his evolution. I am glad that a new generation of traditional japanese potters exists. Chatting with Mago, I learned the traditional ways are not popular among young people and very few are motivated enough to carry on "ancient" arts.
Among all Eiichi's works Mago has show, ROCK is definitively my favourite. I regret I did not purchase one. But I am sure he will come back to this style one day or another.
I'd sure give a wild card to Eiichi. If I could, I would encourage him to look in the ROCK direction. I don't care if they are unique items or not to be frank.
Count me in.
Cool. Thanks for your post/thoughts. Making a long story short
... the ROCK was long in the discussion for SO 14, but there were a few concerns on my part. I wanted to introduce Eiichi to the Hagi SO program with a very doable sellout.
The ROCK I feared at its lofty price point and potential love it or leave it style (I love it, but would understand why many may not), that it may not sell out in a reasonable time frame, given a commitment of 20 pieces.
Sooo, it was decided to do the ROCK at a later date, after Eiichi had his coming out party on TC. The style and size would be unique and the pieces would be premo.
Now a commissioning might delay the ROCK a bit, but I expect to see much of Eiichi in future Hagi SOs! If I received a commitment to at least 10 ROCKS by members via PM,
I would move forward sooner than later ... but this would NOT be the commissioned piece, where we turn virtually the entire creativity over to Eiichi with few restrictions (price, size) to create something "new."