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Friday, Aug. 20, 2004

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Potter to show salt-glazed works

British potter Chris Clark is holding a one-man exhibition of his salt-glazed works at Keio department store's sixth-floor gallery in Shinjuku from Aug. 26 to Sept. 1. The show will then move on to Mitsukoshi department store in Sendai from Oct. 5 to 11.

Clark makes user-friendly tableware with deep blue and green glazes. At first he was enamored of unglazed works, such as Bizen, yet says, "I found the Japanese tradition too strong, too good to the extent of being overbearing. I could not get into my stride and find my own identity. Now I am making salt-glazed pottery, which is primarily European- based, and I feel far more comfortable. Just because you are attracted to something, it does not mean that you can make it. You have to accept what comes out of you."

Clark lives in Chiba and uses a wood-fired kiln, but, as he says, "My kilns are in Yorokeikoku, which is in the mountains in the middle of the Boso peninsula. It is really lovely there. Strangely, I do all my making in a small room beside a busy road in the suburbs of Tokyo." (Robert Yellin)

Robert Yellin and sake guru John Gauntner will be hosting a sake tasting/pottery talk in Tokyo on Aug. 21 from 6 p.m. at Takara, in the Yurakucho International Forum. For more details, please contact Mr. Yellin at robert@e-yakimono.net


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