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Friday, April 05, 2013

Yoshinori Hagiwara Demo Workshop

This week I went to a workshop at the Harvard Ceramics Department featuring Japanese potter Yoshinori Hagiwara. The Mashiko potter discussed through an interpreter the glazes of his village that he uses, and gave a demonstration of his glazing techniques with different forms and surface decoration.

While showing photos on a projector and passing catalogs among the workshop guests from his exhibit at the Pucker Gallery, Yoshinori explained how the glazes and clay is made locally in the village and the effects he is able to obtain from them. He uses wax resist extensively in his glazing process, and welcomes the movement of the glazes when layered upon one another. One of the techniques he uses on some of his work is gently sieving some ash onto pieces, seen in the photo below.