$475+ $35 Materials Fee
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This summer Sugar Maples is honored to host one of Japan's most celebrated potters and master of Shigaraki Pottery. This hands-on workshop will include making and working with clay in the traditional techniques of Japan. Demonstrations will be on-going and slide presentations will be given. Shiro will share with the group many observations from a life time of making and firing vessels. Work will be bisqued. Otani will be firing the Peter's Valley Anagama Kiln beginning August 24. Sugar Maples students of all levels have the opportunity of including up to 10 of their pieces from this workshop (each approximately 6" x 6" x 6") into the firing at Peters Valley at a cost of .06 cents per cubic inch, payable to Peter's Valley when pots are delivered. Inclusion of pieces depend on how the work fits into the kiln (as always) and the actual Anagama loading & firing is not open to Sugar Maples students. Participants will pick up their pieces on September 5.
Shiro Otani is a visionary ceramic leader whose creativity has greatly expanded the Shigaraki tradition into the 21st century. His works are in the permanent collections of museums around the world including the Boston Museum of Fine Art, The Freer & Sackler Galleries of the Smithsonian and the Museum of Art & Design in New York City.
Born in Shigaraki, Japan in 1936, Mr. Otani grew up in the midst of that pottery town's famous artists, studios, and kilns. In 1960, he undertook studies at Kyoto Craft Institution where he studied under Kyubei Kiyomizu and others. A member of the Shigaraki Cultural Council, Shiro has spent many of the past fifty years advocating on behalf of Japanese ceramics and creating many opportunities for artists from around the world to engage with the potters of Shigaraki. He has taught at many schools including SUNY New Paltz in New York and Oregon School of Fine Arts and Crafts. Mr. Otani is best known in the United States for designing and building the anagama kiln at Arrowmont in Tennessee. While there, he was awarded honorary citizenship both in the State of Tennessee and in Knoxville.