Dobin & Yunomi (pot & cups for green tea) – 土瓶と湯呑

I met a few potters friends I have not seen for a while at Art in Clay: Hatfield early this month. It is one of my reasons why I visit this event every year since it started 19 years ago.
As I have seen newcomers keep coming on, I have been trying to keep my mind open to find new talented potters. Unfortunately I saw rather too many young potters with little talent but with huge desire for instant fame recently. Something must be wrong with college education these days.
Where have all best British potters gone? They would not want [need] to be in this kind of events any more.

This year at ‘Art In Clay’, I found a nice dobin (tea pot) by Susanne Lukacs-Ringel from Germany. I like wood-fired porcelain and specially I liked her design and its form. The lid may need a bit of improvement to fit better but overall it was the best I could find at the event. I asked Susanne to make two matching yunomi for me. I am looking forward to receiving a couple of yunomi specially made for the dobin in the near future.
In the mean time, at home, I have to drink green tea with my favourite yunomi I alrady have. (Gas)

先日、6日と7日に ART IN CLAY という陶芸イヴェントの見物に出掛けました。 この催しは今年で19年目になり、完全に陶芸家の年中行事として定着した感が有ります。私がこの催しに毎年出掛ける主な理由は、新しい才能のある若い作家の発見を期待しながら、暫く顔を会わしていない陶芸家仲間に会うことが出来るからです。 しかし、年々、見応えのあるトップの作家達は一人、二人と姿を消して行ってしまい、若い新進作家たちの技術はそこそこか全くのお粗末なものが多く、アイデアのみが先走った野心ばかり目立つ作品ばかりです。イヴェントの内容とレベルは年々下降するばかりで、初回から見て来ている私には、初期の5~6年 間の英国のトップ陶芸家達が数多く参加していた時期が懐かしく思えます。 これは若い人達に責任が有る訳ではなく、欧米の陶芸には、日本の様に伝統という窮屈ながら素晴らしい土台が無いからなのでしょうか。

近年、若い欧米の作家達は一斉に右に倣えと、見よう見まねで捏ね繰り回した抹茶碗もどきのものを誰もが作り、皆独り悦に入っていますが、私が見た限りでは、本当の茶席での使用と鑑賞に何とか堪え得るものは有りません。親友のPhil Rogers の抹茶碗とHans Pillen の楽茶碗、他に二、三人の作家の茶碗以外は抹茶碗として、最初から成立していません。 偏見の無いよう英国、ヨーロッパの作家さんの茶碗を努めて買っては使用する様にしてはおりますが、自然と日本の作家さんの抹茶碗のみが残り、日本の土味を活かした茶碗に、時折、抹茶を立てて楽しんでおります。 (君嶋)

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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2 Responses to Dobin & Yunomi (pot & cups for green tea) – 土瓶と湯呑

  1. Steve Kast says:

    Reminds me of photography back in the 70s.

    • Gas says:

      Thanks for your comment but I am pretty puzzled with your comment. I don’t understamd what you are trying to tell me. I hope you will explain it to me. [Gas]

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