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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.

2 comments: said...

Very interesting! Does he travel with those materials local to his village?
Would be interesting to see the difference if clay and glazes from around here were used...

City by the Sea Ceramics said...

I should have mentioned that, no he did not. The pieces he glazed were not his either, they were pots from around the Harvard studio, though they had similar forms. The glazes he used were also from the Harvard studio. They are Western adaptations of the classic glazes of his village, to after being fired they should look pretty similar to his work. His glazes are mined in Mashiko, where as the studio version is made with various materials ordered from a supplier and formulated to resemble these classic Japanese glazes. I took photos of the recipes on the glaze buckets so I can try them out too, I've been curious to try a few for a while now.