Mokuhanga in Fujikawaguchiko- a few ceramics on the side

by | Apr 25, 2023 | All

I had mentioned to the hosts at MI-Lab (my Mokuhanga Residency) that I was also interested in ceramics. and curious about any local potters. Well- it turns out there there’s a Civic Center (Katsuyama Fureai Center- 勝山ふれあいセンター about a block from the residency. Sat0-san arranged for me to go visit.

‘The people were so kind’ is a trusim when it comes to travel… I don’t think I’ve ever talked to someone who journeyed abroad and ended up jaded about the human condition. Most people (aside from a few rural misanthropes and urban paranoids) are curious, warm, accepting of the stranger.

Having said this, the people at this center were just lovely. We jabbered about pottery in a goulash of broken English and Japanese for a couple of hours. They gave me iced coffee, and let me crank out a Nigiri tray on their wheel. 

A bit shout out to Taeko-san (妙子)who not only helped with the tray, but gave me a bag full of sand from Mount Fuji- which is definitely going back to Idaho with me. 

She also walked me over to a workshop next door where her husband- and some other community stalwarts- were weaving baskets.

Workmanlike makers energy spilling out joyfully everywhere. Great day.

David Roon

David Roon

An artist working at the interface of visual art and Conservation Biology, and a professor at the University of Idaho (Natural Resources and Society).

Mixed media and printmaking, with a strong grounding in ceramics. Exploring the interface between humans and the global biosphere (particularly coastal and marine ecosystems). Installation, sculpture, and ginormous functional pots.

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