Amy is an artist in residence at Shigaraki. She (as have all of the artists) has been generous in giving information about the studio, their processes, the town, Kyoto, or wherever we need help in going about our daily lives. Below are some of her results from tests.
Amy has been here for two months and her tenacity with working with the local materials is admirable in constructing one piece of work by the time she leaves the residency the end of this month. Check her out at amykennedyceramics.com
And…. the visit to the Feldspar Mines
If you don’t know, feldspar is a material ceramacists use in making clay and glazes. There is a local mine west of Shigaraki, Hata feldspar. The chunks of feldspar in the clay are what give the local clay the rough characteristics in the wood fired kiln, but the feldspar is also used to a greater extent in making concrete and paper and as resources go, this mine is becoming depleted. We really appreciated the opportunity to visit first hand, bring back some samples for hammering and sifting and just feeling this wonderful material.
And something extra! Debra and I on an outing met this ‘dog’ we can’t identify, but it was a happy encounter.