Where to Begin? Let’s Start at the Beginning!

I was in Japan for the month of May 2015. Summer of 2014 my Aunt Esta asked me if I would like to join her on a ceramics trip to Japan. We would be traveling with ten people and our guide would be famed ceramist, Jeff Shapiro. Jeff is an American potter who studied in Japan and, over several decades, has developed very special relationships with artists in Japan. I’m a paper artist and painter. I had not work with clay since I was about 10 years old. Was I interested in clay arts? Maybe not. However, I knew right away that this would be THE trip of a lifetime.

Vessels created by  Japan's Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun.
Vessels created by Japan’s Living National Treasure Isezaki Jun.
Japan tour guide, Jeff Shapiro, with clay artist Suzuki Goro.
Japan tour guide, Jeff Shapiro, with clay artist Suzuki Goro.
Studio and ceramics of Suzuki Goro.
Studio and ceramics of Suzuki Goro.
Auntie Esta with her matcha tea to be drunk out of tea bowl made by Japan potter, Shigemasa Higashida.
Auntie Esta with her matcha tea to be drunk out of tea bowl made by Japan potter, Shigemasa Higashida.
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