Kiln & Tools
"In 1969 some students from my pottery class and I were visiting
the art history prof at his home and studio, when I noticed a box on a
side table. I asked what was in it and he said, 'You can open it.......if
you do so over the carpet'.
"Inside the beautiful box was a brocaded cloth bag, and inside the
bag was a teabowl with a lumpy, white and orangey glaze, not unlike 045.
"At first I
thought it might be rough, but once I got it into my hands I was seduced
by its comforting texture and light weight. The pits inside the bowl held
tiny pockets of bright green from its use as a teabowl. I asked what it
was and he said, 'Shino............four hundred years old'.
"Well, I put it back in the bag and the box, but never out of my
"After returning to Oregon, I began to read about Momoyama-era Shino
wares, even persuading a Japanese student to translate texts for me.
During this time I was also developing a new kiln design, and the search
for shino taught me much about its capabilities. These are some of the
"Recently, some of these pots were shown at the American Shino
Show at the Babcock Gallery in New York City.
|"Some photos of other work at
the Babcock show may be seen by visiting this Japanese
website - click
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