Rather Old Pots from Tohoku: 東北の少し古いやきもの

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In my kitchen, I have a few pieces of rather old pots from Tohoku regions. (see the slideshow above)
After three months from the Eastern Japan Earthquake, I still hear the news of daily aftershocks. Some potters managed to repair their damaged kilns quickly, yet they have difficulty in resuming their firing. I do hope that they would be able to fire their pots and their smile back very soon.

インターネットで日本のテレビ番組を観ていると、東日本大震災から三ヶ月過ぎた今でも、ニュース速報で東北地方の地震発生情報を必ずと言ってよい程見掛けます。また Japan Red Cross に集まった義援金が15%程しか一般の被災者の方々に届いておらず、支援をした沢山の人達の好意も報われず、愚かな政治家の茶番劇ばかりが騒がれているようです。
まだまだ予断を許さない東北の現地の状況と、福島第一原発のメルトダウンのため、家と仕事場を追われ流浪を強いられている、相馬焼の作陶家の皆様のことが思い遣られます。

About Gas

Hi, I am a wood-fire potter, living and working in the Japanese tradition in Tring, Hertfordshire (UK). Following mediaeval potter's wisdom, I design and build simple wood-fired kilns called 'anagama' for long period of firing and 'raku-gama' for quick (glazed tea bowl) firing. My anagama firing usually takes 9 - 10 days.
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One Response to Rather Old Pots from Tohoku: 東北の少し古いやきもの

  1. What wonderful pieces! Thank you for sharing the pictures.

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