My open-air pottery studio (including my kilns) in the secret woods have got soft tarpaulin covers. From the very first stage of this Anagama project, I had an idea of an open-air studio with ‘Soft-Roofing’ (i.e. camouflage tarpaulins and collapsible supporting wooden-frames). In order to enjoy surrounding nature, I didn’t want to put myself working in a conventional walled studio.
As a graphic designer, I used to design rock concert stages and fashion show stages in my rock ‘n’ roll years of the early 70’s in Japan. At that time, I was also regarded as a conceptual ‘Air-Artist’ so this idea of a soft structure came naturally. I should call it ‘Soft Floating Roof’.
When it gets too cold to work in the woods, I will be making chawan in comfort at home. (Gas)