|Minakami, Gunma, Japan
|I am a Potter, which is not so much about what you do, as about who you are. Having discovered pottery at the age of 14, I later gained a BA in ceramics design at Latrobe University. For four years I ran Castle Donnington Pottery in Swan Hill before coming to the traditional pottery town of Mashiko, Japan,in 1990. I apprenticed to the National Living Treasure, Tatsuzo Shimaoka. We lived in the Mashiko area for over twenty years, until we were displaced be the Great East Japan Earthquake and the nuclear disaster that followed. We relocated to Minakami in Gunma prefecture and have finally settled into a traditional Japanese farmhouse, rebuilt the wood kiln with quake resistant improvements and am finally back in business! I look forward to happily ever aftering here in Japan, making wood fired porcelain functional pottery, spending as much time with my lovely wife and four beautiful children as I can; sharing good food, good conversation and good times. I hope that my work brings some of that joy of living into the homes and lives of the people who use it.
|Art, cuisine, environment, ceramics, pottery, mingei, Japan, Tea Ceremony, Tea bowls, wood firing