A friend of Fred Follansbee's from Japan, Yoshi Kumon, will be around Lill this weekend and in town through Wednesday. He is a potter with experience soda firing and is interested to see how we do things.
The soda kiln will be loaded Saturday afternoon from 1:30 - 4:30, with an informal potluck to follow.
All are Invited!
Hopefully Yoshi will do some throwing. To quote Fred, "He has a very different way of throwing than we do in the U.S., so I think you would all be interested in seeing him and meeting him- he is very nice and likes to share ideas and knowledge".
Fred has visited Yoshi's studio, Akane-Gama. Here's an excerpt from Yoshi's website:
AKANE-GAMA pottery sits at the foot of Mt.Yatsugatake quasi-national park, where functional pottery is produced with Anagama (single chamber wood kilns) and a Soda kiln. The first Anagama kiln at Akane-Gama was built in 1986 and Soda kiln followed in 1999. Both processes are demanding and requires a great deal of labor for preparing fire wood, kiln firing and maintain kilns. I have been enjoying these pleasant labor over 30 years with gratitude.
I hope you all can make it or meet him on Sunday, Monday, Tuesday.... Fred
Thanks for sharing Fred, See you there!