Welcome to our temporary blog regarding our stay in Japan. We are in Japan to investigate the ceramic materials; glass, ceramics and the in between. In April we travelled to Toyama to be apprentices at Peter Ivy's studio. In the following two months we will assist Peter in the studio and travel through Japan to meet tradition, technology and craft.
With the support from the Danish Arts Foundation - Statens Kunstfond.
A nearby site that was once used for mining clay has transformed into a beautiful site with nature taking over again. We were there to take a little.
Invited by the local paper maker, we had lunch with his family at this restaurant known to be the last supper served before entering 'hell mountain' in the Tateyama mountain range.
Being taught the art of paper making by craftsman Takakuni Kawahara owner of Birudan Washi Paper, being one of few producing traditional Washi paper and growing his own paper plants.
Known to be the thinnest paper in the world by Takakuni Kawahara.
Traveling to various places in our close surrounding gives us the opportunity to find local materials we dry and grind to create our earth coloured ceramics and to make our coloured glass.
At Scissors-Japan we got an introduction by the owner, on how their scissors are made. Machines will never be able to fulfil all needs and craftsmen are needed to create these refined pieces as perfect as they are.
One of the many hand-tools of a lacquer craftsman. This scalp he uses to harvest his own juice from the tree that makes the lacquer. Trees that grow in his own garden. Since the juice is very aggressive to the skin, one has to be careful.
First glass test is made with clay from the ''Temple-mountain '' behind Peter Ivy's studio in Toyama. A research about capturing a ceramic 'feeling' to the glass - reminding us of its origin combining our two fields of work.