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Japanese Trees in the Garden of England

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All fired up!


Stone Monkey has created a great set of new pots. Least of all some concept pots for me. Which have been posted on here recently. Finally they have been finished an are winding heir way to Wales.
I only bought two pots but here are the finished products curtesy of Stone Monkey.IMG_8319.JPGIMG_8320.JPGIMG_8321.JPGIMG_8322.JPGIMG_8325.JPGIMG_8323.JPGIMG_8324.JPGIMG_8326.JPGIMG_8327.JPG

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Tea Bowl Masterclass with Lisa Hammond at Maze Hill Pottery

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As some of you may know my wife bought me a wedding present which consisted of a three day tea bowl masterclass with Lisa Hammond at Maze Hill Pottery in Greenwich. Well the course was last Friday through to Sunday and I had an amazing time.
Day one consisted of hand building Chawan, back to basic with pinch pots and slabs. Then the even more interesting task of carving a Chawan from a block of clay.


Day two was throwing from pre-weighed balls of clay to throwing from the hump. I enjoyed both immensely and at the end of the day had a slew of pots to hand carve the foot rings on the next day.

Day three was essentially learning how to hand carve with some rustic wooden tools that we made over the course. There was plenty for me to practise on from the previous day so I…

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Auction Lots

Please get in contact with me ASAP so I can start logging your auction lots now before the next club meeting. If I don’t get them before the next meeting then it will just slow the whole evening down if I need to start logging items on the night, and if past auctions are anything to go buy then there are usually loads of items for sale.


Will Adams Festival

For those of you who don’t know the a Will Adams Festival is a celebration of all things Japanese due to the sailor William Adams who hailed from Gillingham Kent. Here is a bit of history for you:

William Adams (24 September 1564 – 16 May 1620), known in Japanese as Anjin Miura (三浦按針: “the pilot of Miura”), was an English navigator who travelled to Japan and is believed to be the first Englishman ever to reach that country. He was the inspiration for the character of John Blackthorne in James Clavell’s best-selling novel Shōgun.

Soon after Adams’ arrival in Japan, he became a key advisor to the shogun Tokugawa Ieyasu and built Japan’s first Western-style ships for him. Adams was later the key player in the establishment of trading factories by the Netherlands and England. He was also highly involved in Japan’s Red Seal Asian trade, chartering and captaining several ships to Southeast Asia. He died in Japan at age 55, and has been recognised as one of the most influential foreigners in Japan during this period.

Anyway MBS put on a display of trees for the public and here are a few pictures of the display, picture courtesy of the club secretary Marc