Aiko Ichimura on mon 10 apr 00
You wrote :
> I've been told that typically, potters here do not attempt tea
> bowl making until after they are 50 (haha, I have 4 years to go! ;^) )
It is common to start pottery making from early 20s or earlier nowadays.
It is awfully long time to wait until you reach 50 . What are the reasons
for this, in your opinion ?. I assume that it is not that dificult to make
a tea bowl technically. Making tea pot must be more dificult than making
a tea bowl technically. There must be something else. Or, is this one of
the tradition bound habits that you have to follow and respect without
a good reason? I assume also that this is only for professional potters
and not for amateur potters who make pots for private uses.
I am impressed by your readiness to accept the Japanese tradition.
I've heard so often that Japanese pottery studios have two standards: one
potters and another for foreigners( gaijin potters) and allows the foreigner
do things that the Japanese apprentices were not allowed.
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