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I’ve been invited to join student show next month

The in-law senseis have invited me to participate in next month’s student ceramic show in Nishi-Ogikubo. I am excited and chotto nervous since I’ve just started. I now have nine flower pots in different stages of production.

Here’s three small pots after applying the glaze on Sunday. Once they are fired a second time, the brown clay will turn black, and the blue-white glaze will be shiny. (See Stage 1 and Stage 2).

Here’s the pre-glaze application that keeps parts of the pots unglazed. I did the designs and used a paint brush to apply the pink solution.

And finally, after three days of careful work, the large flower pot is now formed. It’s 30 centimeters in diameter and 36 centimeters in height. Even after shrinking by 15% in “biscuit firing,” it will be a good-sized pot for my lemon tree.

I am really enjoying learning about ceramics, the comraderie of the studio, and the patience of the in-law senseis!

Completed flower pot

Here’s the completed flower pot, on our deck on a rainy fall morning. Yesterday at the studio, my ceramic teachers surprised me with the glazed and finished pot. It’s about 13 cm x 13 cm. Below is the signature on the bottom of the pot, and you can see the contrast between the black clay and the blue-white glaze.

Finally, here’s an image of otoosan sensei showing off the tong used to remove the pots from the kiln. Nice tool!