I have lived in Japan since 1996 and worked as a potter since 1999. In that time I have gone from making pots in my spare time to full time apprentice to establishing my own wood fired kiln and studio. Life in Japan poses its challenges, but for a potter it can also be tremendously rewarding.
The five years spent as an apprentice in Bizen have strongly influenced the way I think about pottery and the process of making it. In 2004 my wife and I moved to Tamba and I built a ten metre anagama (traditional Japanese wood-firing kiln) which was successfully fired for the first time in 2006. Since then I have fired the kiln twice a year, each kiln holding 800 to 1,000 pots.
I work in a very direct way with the ‘stuff’ of pottery –
It is a long and demanding process requiring resourcefulness and flexibility, strength and sensitivity. The clay, the forms and the firing – from this deceptively simple process can emerge pots with a complex, subtle and long lasting beauty. For me it is an endlessly fascinating challenge.