My father-in-law has two primary hobbies and a strong personality; which adds up to me having two new hobbies (being a weak-willed individual, and all). Playing shakuhachi (尺八), a traditional bamboo flute, is already being drilled into me; however, the other hobby, pottery, has been put off many times until today.
We have enjoyed many conversations about pottery, particularly history and appreciation, and we spent a day together feeding the kiln in May. Actually putting clay in my hands and making something requires a block of time when we are both free, which was the largest hurdle. On a few occasions we had enough time, but I was exhausted from other activities, or he wanted me to record English lessons, or such.
Today I – and by “I” I mean “we” – made two good works and one cracked work. First we made a left-handed cup for drinking shochu (焼酎) and then a rice bowl (茶碗) which can also be used for drinking thick tea. I wish I had my camera handy to photo the raw works; however, they will be drying for at least five days before we even think about firing them, so maybe I can swing by and shoot a photo.
We won’t be firing these in the wood-fired kiln, but rather they will be dipped in glaze and fired in a gas or electric kiln. Hopefully they don’t explode so I can show you some “Japanese” works.