Daniel Considine on tue 23 mar 99
Shigaraki ceramacist coming to US for the first time
My sensei (teacher) is in his early 50=92s and has a school near the =
outside Tokyo. He has over 100 students and 3 apprentices. He sells his
wares and has never taken the time to produce a pamphlet or brochure to
promote himself=85he=92s a real working potter with much experience using =
He will be visiting the US for the first time in mid May of this year. =
visit the Ann Arbor area of Michigan and N. San Juan California as well as
I=92d like to arrange for him to meet various artists and educators who =
be interested in arranging future lectures and demonstrations for a tour he
will make next year.
I should add that he speaks excellent English.
His name is Dokou
If you have any suggestions please contact me at
Thanks, Dan Considine
Daniel P. CONSIDINE, PhD
102 Century Mansion
Sayama city, Japan 350-1305
cell (keitai) 090-8105-8750
linda on thu 25 mar 99
=3EShigaraki ceramacist coming to US for the first time
=3EMy sensei (teacher) is in his early 50=92s and has a school near the =
=3Eoutside Tokyo. He has over 100 students and 3 apprentices. He sells his
=3Ewares and has never taken the time to produce a pamphlet or brochure to
=3Epromote himself=85he=92s a real working potter with much experience using=
=3EHe will be visiting the US for the first time in mid May of this year. =
=3Evisit the Ann Arbor area of Michigan and N. San Juan California as well =
=3EI=92d like to arrange for him to meet various artists and educators who =
=3Ebe interested in arranging future lectures and demonstrations for a tour =
=3Ewill make next year.
=3EI should add that he speaks excellent English.
=3EHis name is Dokou
=3EIf you have any suggestions please contact me at
=3EThanks, Dan Considine
=3EDaniel P. CONSIDINE, PhD
=3E102 Century Mansion
=3ESayama city, Japan 350-1305
=3Ecell (keitai) 090-8105-8750
I read your letter posted on Clayart this morning and was suprised to see
N. San Juan=21 That's here, or rather, the ridge just across the river
canyon from here.
You didn't mention the reason for his being in N.San Juan . It is a rather
remote and intimate place so forgive me if I am suggestion he contact
people he already plans to, but I have two to suggest.
Gary Snyder...a wonderful, Pulitzer prize winning poet who has lived on the
ridge for at least 20 years. He has a deep love for Japaneese ceramics
that he aquired in the sixtys (perhaps 50's ) when he went to Japan to
study Buddhism and met all the western potters in the first flood that went
east to study. I believe he has many wonderful pots aquired at that time.
I cannot seem to locate his business card that tells how to locate him
through the university of Ca., Davis (e-mail etc.) but I would be happy
to call him and ask for the information if you wish.
Len Brackett also lives in N. San Juan. He apprenticed under a master
carpenter in Japan in the late sixtys (again...if I remember correctly).
He has an exceptionally unique business building tradition Japaneese
homes etc. in this country. His business is called East Wind-Higashikaze
Inc. His phone is 530-265-3744. Fax is 530-265-6994
Both of these men speak Japaneese.
Nevada City, the town adjacent to N.San Juan has mnany people interested in
clay. For many years an anagama kiln located on the beautiful rural campus
of The John Woolman School, a quaker boarding high school, has been the
focus of that interest. The gentelman responsible (beginning again, in the
late 60's or early 70's) is Richard Hotchkiss. I have his home phone as
530-272-3537. He is also head of ceramics at our new Junior College. That
is Sierra College, Nevada County Campus. 250 Sierra College Dr. Grass
Valley, Ca. 95947, phone 530 274 5301. If your sensi was interested in
giving a lecture or a workshop, this would be the place.
If one travels 3 1/2 hours down fron the foothills of the Sierra Nevada
Mountains , which is where N.San Juan is located (about 2400 feet) you slip
into the San Francisco Bay.. About three blocks from the waters edge is a
studio and Gallery called TRAX. It is owned by Sandy Simon and Robert
Brady. They specialize in functional ceramics ,although Robert also
teaches ceramics/sculpture at Sacramento State University, located half way
beteen here and the Bay. They have a huge Studio (which was once Peter
Volkous'...he now a mile or so away in a new one). A year or so ago they
started hosting workshops for interested potters. They have had Warren
Mckenzie, Randy Johnson and his wife Jan, Mark Pharis, Jeff Oestreich,
Akio Takamori, and Byron Temple. These are all potters rooted in the
eastern ceramics tradition. Many have studied in Japan. If this
interests you , you can reach Sany or Robert at TRAX, fax/phone
510-526-0279. 1306 3rd. st. Berkeley, Ca. 94701 or cone5=40aol.com
hope this is helpful,
Linda Webb Elfert
l8514 Round Mtn. Ranch Rd.
Nevada City, Ca. 95959