Spring 2014 Workshop

Inayoshi Osamu, Japanese Ceramic Artist

Slides and Potluck Friday, February 14, 6-8pm
All CGC Guild members and the community are invited.
Please bring some food to share for the potluck.
CGC will provide coffee, tea, sparkling water and lemonade.

Ina will have finished pieces to show during the workshop.
Tea will be served (and perhaps Sake) to reveal the special beauty of his work.

Workshop on February 15-16th,
Saturday, 9am-12pm & 1pm–4pm,
Sunday 10am-2pm (please bring your lunch on Sunday.)
Location:  COCC Ceramics Classroom

Please join us for an intriguing workshop by Japanese ceramic artist Inayoshi Osamu on Feb 14, 15 & 16th in the Ceramics Lab at COCC.

Accomplished potter, kiln builder and glaze technician, Hank Murrow’s thoughts on Inayoshi:
“I can report that Inayoshi’s presentation at Tacoma Community College after the Seattle NCECA was one of four going on simultaneously during the two days. Ina had twenty to forty people attentive at all times while he effortlessly hand-built tea and sake pieces. His approach to hand building is direct and creative, using rocks found around the venue, and molds that he brings from Japan and will leave at each venue he visits so folks can continue trying what he shows.”

This naturalistic approach embodies the unique Japanese aesthetic, wabi-sabi.

Wabi-sabi is the most conspicuous and characteristic feature of traditional Japanese beauty and it occupies roughly the same position in the Japanese pantheon of aesthetic values as do the Greek ideals of beauty and perfection in the West. Wabi-sabi nurtures all that is authentic by acknowledging three simple realities: nothing lasts, nothing is finished, and nothing is perfect.

Whether you work on the wheel or hand build, this philosophical approach is an opportunity to expand your clay making repertoire.


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