I created this site so I would be able to save my blog from my website with WordPress because I am creating a new website with Squarespace.com. When it is done I have to transfer my domain name http://www.swanceramics.com and then my old site will be gone.
On the new site is also a blog where I will continue my ceramics story.
Thank you for your interest and enjoy my former ceramic and some personal experiences.
I would like to announce my exhibition in a group exhibition in the Grang De Paul Gallery in Den Bosch in the Netherlands from March 17 to April 29, 2017. The title of the exposition is: Astronomical and Meteorological Spring in March 2017″. The opening hours are on Thursday, Friday and Saturday from 13:00 to 17:00 pm. The address is Handelskade 14, 5211TH, Den Bosch.
I made four 2-D Art works inspired by our universe. The technique used is the Glazed Horsehair Raku. I fire the glaze firing after the bisque firing at 1035 Celcius. When it cools down to 700 Celcius I take out the work and burn on the horsehair, sugar and spray with ferric chloride what give the brownish shining color.
“GALAXY” 54cm x 44cm
“MILKY WAY” 54 x 44cm
“STAR GALAXY” 64cm x 49cm
“THE BIRTH of a STAR” 64cm x 49cm
Announcement of the Nepal Exhibition.
Some of my ceramic works I had left with a friend in Kamakura, Japan. Now I donated everything to my friend Steve Tootell who organizes an exhibition at the International School of the Sacred Heart in Tokyo of ceramic works from many well-known artists. The money of this charity event will go to Nepal!
“If you are in Tokyo please come to International School of the Sacred Heart and seize the opportunity to acquire remarkable works at super reasonable prices and support NEPAL SEEDS. Thanks to Euan Craig, Swanica Ligtenberg, Douglas Black, Charlie Odum, Kusakabe Masakazu, Joanna Tootell,The Shigas from Fukushima, Laura Inoue, Alberto Gnoli, Roni Veronica Ohara, David Frith, Margaret Frith, George Guine, Ben Brierly, Genevieve Halse, John Dix, Marianne Wilson, Steve Tootell, Dave Telke and many Mashiko potters.” by Steve Tootell.
Exhibition at the International School of the Sacred Heart.
My “Horsehair” work and “Kamakura-Red” work.
I finally returned after 2 years after moving out of Japan to Mashiko and met with Hamada Tomoo-san, the grandson of Hamada Shoji, a National Living Treasure who made Mashiko well-known. Hamada Shoji collected many historical items. They made a Reference museum, the Sankokan, with all his art works, art works from his friends and other important potters from Mashiko and his collections. This is on the grounds where Hamada Shoji worked and built a Noborigama (climbing) kiln. The museum and kiln suffered lots of damage from the March 11, 2011 earthquake.
Now it is all repaired thanks to the help and gifts of many people and in celebration the Mashiko potters will fire the Noborigama. It will be a big festival! Many potters will get a little spot in the kiln and about 8000 pots will fit into the kiln. Euan Craig invited me to make a sake bottle what he will put into the kiln!! I am very exited!
They will fire the kiln for 5 days with 10 potters who are used to fire wood-fire kilns. And they will use pinewood which gets very hot.
The kiln has not been fired for 40 years, so everybody is anxious to see what will happen and what the results will be.
Wish them all good luck!! Tomorrow the filling up of the kiln will start!
Today, I received the certificate of the Honorable Mention Award for my “Duo Ferric Horsehair Boxes” in the 10th International Ceramics Competition Mino Japan in Ceramics Arts Category! 🙂
The opening of the International Ceramics Festival in Mino Japan with the 10th International Ceramics Competition opened on September the 12th. Unfortunately, I could not be there, but my friend Shizuko-san did go see the exhibition with her husband and send me some pictures.
A big banner with the announcement of the exposition when entering the Ceramics Art Museum of Mino.
The cutting of the ribbon for the opening of the exhibition.
The Hall sketch of the exhibition. My boxes are shown all the way to the right.
My art works in the Catalogue.
A close-up picture of my “Duo Horsehair Ferric boxes”.
The HONORABLE MENTION AWARD for the DUO Ferric HORSEHAIR Box Set!!! 🙂
In October and November 2013 I made horsehair box sets for the 10th Mino International Ceramics Competition for 2014.
In December I made lots of pictures of the boxes. I submitted 6 series of pictures to the competition.
In Februari I heard that the Duo Ferric Horsehair Boxes made the first round.
In May the Duo Ferric Horsehair Boxes passed the 2nd round.
End of June I had to send the boxes to Mino.
On July 26 I got an email with the acceptance into the competition out of 3000 submissions. The boxes received the Honorable Mention Award and will be part of the exhibition with 100 artists and displayed in the Ceramics Museum of Mino from September 12 to October 19, 2014.
I made horsehair box sets in October and November 2013 for the
Mino International Ceramics Competition for 2014. I didn’t publish those boxes because it takes a while to go through the process of the competition. And of course I first didn’t know if they were going to choose a composition and then secondly how far this would make it because there are 3 rounds. It is a long wait but it was worth it. On July 26, 2014 they notified me that the “Duo Ferric Horsehair Box set” had won the Honorable Mention Award and will be part of the 100 artists exhibition at the Mino Ceramics Museum in Japan.
“Trio White Horsehair Boxes”.
“Trio White Horsehair Boxes with fumed* black lids”.
“Sakura White Horsehair Box with black glazed lid”.
“Quintet Ferric Horsehair Boxes with fumed* black lids”.
“Trio Ferric Horsehair Boxes with fumed* black lids”.
*Fumed: I wrap one bisque-fired lid in heavy aluminum foil filled with sawdust. I put this on the upper shelf in the kiln, turn on the fast mode and leave the lid a little bit open. The sawdust wants to burn. There is not enough oxygen to develop flames and it will only smoke. This stays in the aluminum foil and goes into the lid and colors it black. The black is carbon. I take the package out around 1000F. If higher the carbon will be burned out and the lid will be white again. It is an amazing process. The inside of the kiln will also turn black a little bit but it will burn all out at high temperature.