********** Yoshinori Ishii Executive chef of Japanese restaurant UMU in London ******************

------------------ 英国の日本料理店 UMU 総料理長 石井義典 のつれづれなる話 ------------

Friday, 20 January 2012

The Leach Pottery 陶芸家を訪ねて

As I mentioned in the previous post, recently I took a short trip to St. Ives to visit the fishing ports, but I also had one more objective for this trip, which was to visit Bernard Leach pottery. Even though I have always known the name, back in Japan I  concentrated more on the ceramic industry of Kansai region (southern-central region of Japan includes Kyoto & Osaka) where the methods and styles of pottery are very different from the methods used by Leach pottery, hence I did not get the opportunity to  study this worldly well-known ceramic artist as much as I would have liked. However I now realise, in order to pursue ceramic art in Britain, it is inevitable, I have to familiarise myself with this great artist, and that is exactly the reason for my visit.

 Currently at Leach pottery, a Japanese ceramist, Ms Midori Endo, is creating pottery as a part of the team alongside her own style of works. Her originals are, in comparison to other ceramists, relatively modern and their line is very sensitive and eye-catching. I even had the pleasure to meet Mr. Jack Doherty, the chief potter at the Leach pottery and a leading figure of the British ceramic art industry, and also had the privilege to observe his extraordinary works. I could not ask for more to enrich this trip. 

 現在そこでは遠藤みどりさんという日本人女性が作陶をされており、スタッフの一員としてリーチ工房の作品と並行してオリジナルの作品も作られていました。彼女の作品は他のスタッフと比べて意外にもモダンできれいな線のものが多く見られました。英国陶芸界の重鎮でチーフポッターであるJack Doherty氏にもお会いすることが出来、独特の銅釉をメインとした作品を見せていただきました。

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