Well, just as you get used to the idea of showing your Raku pots at one event across the Globe...another one turns up like the proverbial red London bus. I was delighted to be asked to submit a work to a very special exhibition in the USA, at Sedona Arts Centre, Arizona. It takes place from March 7th 2014, and will be an International event looking at the traditions of Raku and it's place in the contemporary world of Art and Ceramics.
I already know which piece I'm going to send- something which echoes the piece in the book "500 Raku" -which is now sadly, long gone. I'm very grateful to Exhibition Curator Jim Romberg, for selecting me. After selling my first work to the US a few months ago- I'm really pleased to be part of this special exhibition in Arizona. My only regret is ..."Why the hell can't I go too?" Alas having recently also become a father for the second time around- I think I have my hands rather full just now.
Rather bizarrely, this exhibition is on at roughly the same time as the exhibition in Kyoto City, in Japan. So I'm exhibiting in the very home of Raku in one country- and in another next to contemporary Raku potters from around the world. There's also works by (sadly now deceased) important historical potters like Paul Soldner- the father of modern Western style Raku. Who would have believed it? If nothing else ever happens for me ever again- I will look fondly back at March 2014 sometime in the future!
Curated by Jim Romberg, one of the co authors of "500 Raku"- the exhibition is entitled-
“Tradition Transformed: Historic and Contemporary Expression in Raku Ceramics. “
Sedona- in the good ole US of A