A ceramic artist residency
I was recently given an amazing opportunity to do a three month artist residency at the Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park, Koka City, Japan.
What this means:
I will have three months dedicated to working on a large scale ceramic project. I will be working side-by-side with accomplished, professional artists who create amazing work. At the end of the residency the Shigaraki Ceramic Institute will exhibit my final project. Working at the Institute will have a profound impact on my development as an artist.
In college I was introduced to the Japanese style of firing called raku, a style that was traditionally used for ceremonial tea vessels. It is a very fast firing technique that gives pottery unique surfaces, my favorite being crackle white which contains random, vein-like lines caused by carbon trapped in the cracks of the glaze. I fell in love with the natural randomness of the glazes and the quick firing process and now have the opportunity to study this technique in the country where it originated.
During my residency in Japan I will take elements of the raku style and apply them to large wave-like sculptures by piecing together many smaller wheel thrown vessels and hand-built pieces. The sculptures will explore the duality of the organic and the geometric and the ways in which they complement and contrast with each other.
The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is a ceramic and art complex located in town of Shigaraki, Koka City, Shiga Prefecture, Japan. Shigaraki has a long tradition of ceramics; it is one of the oldest pottery production centers in Japan and continues to develop new ceramic techniques.
All pledges will fund two main parts that are key to the residency:
- Tuition: this includes use of the studio (pug mills, clay mixers, throwing wheels, etc), staying in the dormitory, and basic utilities like heat, air conditioning, and internet (things I won't be able to live without).
- Flight: I'd swim there if I could, but I'd have to start now... I can't get there without a little help from my friends :)
Any extra support will go towards:
-Supplies: clay, tools, glaze, firing kilns (a huge part of the supply costs), shipping sculptures, tea cups and postcards.
Reward Level 1
- Everyone who pledges $1 or more will have their name listed on my website as an official backer of the project and receive email updates about the progress of my residency.
Reward Level 2
- Postcard with personal message from Japan!
Reward Level 3
- Postcard with personal message AND a page from my notebook
Reward Level 4
- Postcard from Japan and two tea cups made by yours truly!
Reward Level 5
- Postcard from Japan, two tea cups, AND a page from my sketch book.
Reward Level 6
- Postcard from Japan and a small hand-painted Japanese landscape watercolor painting
Reward Level 7
- Postcard from Japan, two tea cups, and a small (5x7in) hand-painted Japanese landscape watercolor painting
Reward Level 8
- Postcard from Japan, two tea cups, and a large (11x14in) Japanese landscape watercolor painting
Reward Level 9
- Postcard and a small unique ceramic sculpture made at the Shigaraki Ceramic Institute
Thank you so much for all of your support and interest in my upcoming project!
For more information and pictures of my work please visit my website:
- (30 days)