I don't know why I took so long getting around to this, but I just went through the monograph for Ken Matsuzaki's May, 2013 exhibition at Goldmark and it was fantastic. If you've seen Matsuzaki's work before, you'll see familiar forms and glazes, but this firing is probably the best of his that I've seen. The pots are stunning! Hats off to Goldmark as well who did a wonderful job of presenting Matsuzaki's pots. One feature I like is that you can zoom in and see the pots at very close range and the monograph gives closeups of several pots which give even more details of how he made the pot and a better look at the glazes. I was so inspired I went back and watched "Elemental" again, the 44 minute documentary Goldmark put together before his 2007 exhibition. It starts with him making chawan, shifts to a lengthy presentation of his seven-day wood firing, and finally ends with unloading the kiln. Phil Rogers, a great potter himself, is the narrator and I shared his excitement as one amazing pot after another began emerging from the kiln. If you'd like to take a look, go to www.goldmarkart.com and look under "ceramics."
I began potting in January of 2012. Because I'm so new to potting, I think I understand the challenges of beginning potters and hope this blog will be encouraging to them and a source of helpful information and comment. I hope you'll join the conversation!