Monthly Archives: July 2009

Messages on the Bottle – from California

  Does this vessel look like anything you have seen? Not sure if this is authentic or really anything? About 8″ tall… 3.5″ round very heavy…about 2lbs Brownish with an iridescent glaze… has a mark but I can’t really make … Continue reading

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One Life, One Meeting – in Czech Republic

I love drinking maccha (Japanese word for powdered green tea) in a beautiful chawan (tea bowl).  I took some tea bowls from my chawan collection as  hand luggage to Czech Republic.  Despite the fact that they could break in transit, I still … Continue reading

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Raku – in Czech Republic

I came home with happy memories from Czech Republic.  The symposium ran for two weeks and was held at Jurta in Nebocady, Decin, with famous Dresden just across the border.  I met 30 – 40 enthusiastic participants (Czech, German, Polish, Slovakian etc) and started … Continue reading

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Mountains and Mist – in Czech Republic

After buzy slideshows, talks and demonstrations of Japanese pottery at the weekend, I found a chance to enjoy the Czech countryside.  Like in Japan, there are mountains and clear streams: I have missed them for so long so I felt quite happy. Lukas, who accompanied me during the visit, … Continue reading

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Have Chawan, Will Travel

I am off to Czech Republic for about two weeks.  I have been invited to run a workshop at ‘ Ceramic Summer in Nebocady 2009 ‘.  I have selected a few chawan from my private collection, including four special ones, i.e. Karatsu, Hagi, Bizen and … Continue reading

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Zen – Lao Tsu’s Tao Te Ching –

Name or body, which is dearer?  Body or wealth, which is worth more? Gain or lose, which is more harmful? Extreme love incurs a great cost.   Vast treasures conclude in heavy loss. Know sufficiency. It’s beyond shame.   Know when to stop, … Continue reading

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Reincarnation of Sake Cup

Kintsugi is one of the most popular restoration methods for broken ceramics in Japan.  It is basically done with raw lacquer and very fine gold powder.  I learnt this skills when I was reading Japanese literature at the Meiji University in Tokyo.  Please … Continue reading

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