And finally, Ben Boswell - Potters photographs of Takeshi Yasuda's demonstration at our Potters Open Day, really stunning.
Here is the final installment of my pictures from The Potters Open Day on Saturday. Here is a selection of my pictures of Takeshi Yasuda. Takeshi now works in China so it isn't often that thebopportunity to see him at work arises. His demonstration was superb, slightly subversive and certainly very thought provoking. His opening gambit was to ask if we had ever considered when, making a cup that the handle could be made first and then the vessel made to fit the handle? This simple idea makes the relationship between the handle and the container different and forces you to reconsider your aesthetic. Well Takeshi didn't actually do this, he made tiny goblets: a small bowl on a high foot, but made foot first and then capped with a little bowl. He did other things too!
When a potter demonstrates it is usually to show how they work, to impart a little of their wisdom and experience. What I felt on Saturday was that Takeshi was doing something far more fundamental, suggesting that the very nature of your working process can or maybe should be questioned.
I think it would be fair to say that this is a luxury most easily undertaken by potters who are skilled enough to be able to make creative use of their questioning minds, but as a non-potter I felt that the essence of what he was saying was totally inspiring!