For the last few years, a group of potters from the Hawaii Potters Guild have met on Friday afternoons with Sachiko Furuya to learn more about the Japanese tea ceremony. Besides learning the philosophy behind it and how it is conducted, participants learn how to make the different "utensils" that are used. The group is putting on a special exhibit of traditional tea ceremony flower vases (hanaire) at the central location for the Hawaii Public Library in downtown Honolulu. Not every potter in the group participated, but the ones who did were required to write up a piece about their pots and that was included in the boards that accompany the exhibit. The exhibit is up through October 31.
Here is a list of the participants: Sachiko Furuya, Sensei (Shofu) Roy K. Yamashiro (Roy) Masako Kiwada (Gafu) Marie Y. Kodama (Bifu) Ryuko Kokuzo (Ryusetsu)
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!