thanks!

Friday, June 26, 2009

I didn't get to go to this exhibition in Fujisawa but some very kind friends went on my behalf and took these great photos so that I could see how the bois looked. Thank you so much! It's very exciting to see my work in Japan. Really wish I could've been there...

Here are some inside and...


some looking out the window!

I love my new mug.


大好きなマグカップ、毎朝起きる時コーヒーを飲むのが楽しみでしょうがないです。作品の陶芸家はAyumi Horieさんです。ネットで購入した時、とてもとても感じよくて、ますます彼女の作品が好きになりました。可愛い動物の絵がおもしろくて、さわやかです。コップも本当に使いやすく心を込めて作られたものと感じます。いつかこういうもの作りたいな〜。

test tiles

Tuesday, June 23, 2009

A small batch of cone 10 test tiles. What am I going to do with these?

ファンファン

Saturday, June 20, 2009

ファンファン何か悩み事?もしかして、これから家族が増えるから自分の居場所のことを気にしてるん?大丈夫だよ。いつまでもファンファンの席があるから。

small is Beautiful

Tuesday, June 16, 2009

In a world where often bigger and more are better, what happens when we give value to the smaller and seemingly less significant? I recently read Small is Beautiful by E.F. Schumacher, first published in 1973. I was startled by how much of what he talks about is very applicable today. In fact, in some ways, he seems to be foretelling the current economic and environmental unraveling of the world.

His book is filled with so much wisdom that it's difficult to even scratch the surface of its depths. I really like his ideas of placing importance on people in modern economics, as opposed to just goods or products, and organizing work so that it is respectful and nourishing to the soul, and enhances a person's gifts and power.

While I was reading the book, at some points I would just put it down and stare off into space, wondering how some of these ideas could be more effectively put into practice in our world. And an abyss...

He argues for "small-scale operations" as opposed to large-scale ones, and writes of "technology with a human face," technology and methods that nuture human creativity. But, as he says, modern technology has eliminated much of the skillful and satisfying work of human hands that come in direct contact with real materials.

I think of the mass-produced object and how as a budding ceramic artist/maker, I am unable to compete with the level of production of large companies that employ "time-saving" technologies and cheap labour. But it makes me wonder about what I can make and the process of my making that a large company could not compete with, unless they changed the structure of their organization.

出来た!

Saturday, June 13, 2009

何個も何個も作りたい。
作業の繰り返しにより作品が少しずつ変わって、
新しいものが生まれて来てるような気がする。
でも、時にはどこにも向かっていないような気がする。

Is he or isn't she?

Saturday, June 6, 2009


Some little ones that just came out of the kiln.

I was in the doctor's office the other day waiting for an appointment,
and Tracy Chapman was playing on the radio.
I was thinking, "what a nice surprise!"
"Who'd expect to hear Tracy in a place like this?"

Then I overheard a conversation between the 3 receptionists:

Receptionist 1: This singer is a guy but his name is Tracy.
Receptionist 2: Yeah (sings along)

I'm thinking they don't know Tracy Chapman?
I must be getting really old...


Receptionist 3: You know what? I think this is a girl.
Receptionist 1: Are you sure?
Receptionist 2: I thought she was a guy.

They all giggle and sing along.

Then one of them gets up calls out "Margaret" and I get up and we look at each other briefly, before she escorts me to an examination room. I'm looking to see if she makes a connection...

Nope. Vacant, nobody home.

Show at Gallery CN (Fujisawa, Japan)

Wednesday, June 3, 2009

6月5日(金)から6月14日(日)まで藤沢にて
コン・マツヤマ "fine lines"展

Gallery CNのリンク:http://gallery-cn.sakura.ne.jp/exhibition.htm

familiar

Monday, June 1, 2009

These days I've been trying to make some work outdoors, in the back yard. And, lucky me, our kitty familiar seems to want to keep me company so she wanders around while I sit and do my thing.

Looking at her, it occurred to me that she is so perfectly adorable that I could never begin to make anything that could even come close to being as wonderfully cute as she is. Sometimes I run into the spot in the bathroom where she likes to snooze, just to catch a glimpse of her cuteness. She truly enriches my life...all the time (except for those early morning yowls!) Thanks familiar!