Earl Brunner on wed 12 apr 00
Maybe after 50 that is all the clay that they can center at
Lee Love wrote:
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> From: Aiko Ichimura
> > It is common to start pottery making from early 20s or earlier nowadays.
> Yes. I know some people start later, after they realize that being a
> "salary man" isn't for them. I met several people like this my first
> couple months in Japan, from truck drivers to cell phone salesmen who have
> taken up pottery. There is a special freedom for craftsmen and artists in
> Japan that you don't find working for a company.
> > It is awfully long time to wait until you reach 50 . What are the reasons
> > for this, in your opinion ?. I assume that it is not that dificult to make
> > a tea bowl technically. Making tea pot must be more dificult than making
> > a tea bowl technically. There must be something else. Or, is this one of
> > the tradition bound habits that you have to follow and respect without
> > a good reason? I assume also that this is only for professional potters
> > and not for amateur potters who make pots for private uses.
> I don't know. I believe, because of tea ceremony, there are many
> more nuances related to tea equipment. Probably, the minimum esential
> experience for making tea ceremony equipment is having studied tea ceremony.
> Best way to know if a bowl works is to make tea in it.
> > I am impressed by your readiness to accept the Japanese tradition.
> > I've heard so often that Japanese pottery studios have two standards: one
> > for Japanese
> > potters and another for foreigners( gaijin potters) and allows the
> > potters to
> > do things that the Japanese apprentices were not allowed.
> I've spent some time in Zen monastaries, so I was somewhat
> familiar with the Japanese system.
> I am treated differently, but it is difficult to put a finger on a
> single reason. I am half American and half Japanese and I am 46.
> Gaijin typical study 2 years and Japanese students 5 years. Things might
> happen more quickly to fit them into two years. Sensei said VISA
> restrictions were a reason for the shorter time requirement. Also, I think
> that foregin students often have more experience than the typical Japanese
> students before they start there studies here.
> Lee Love
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