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Mashiko Museum Residency Program Autumn 2018

Guest Artist

Penny Simpson

Residence: Tuesday, September 18 – Friday, November 2, 2018


1949 Born in Lincolnshire
1968-71 Studied English and European Literature at the University of Essex
1976 Moved to Japan and taught English
Began to study pottery and travelled the country visiting potteries
1979 Wrote THE JAPANESE POTTERY HANDBOOK which was published by Kodansha
Studied pottery at Dartington Pottery
1981 Set up her own workshop in the Moor
1983 Moved to Moretonhampstead and established a workshop there
2014 A revised edition of THE JAPANESE POTTERY HANDBOOK was published


Open Studio

Friday, September 28 / Tuesday, October 23, 14:00-16:00

At Pottery Studio (next to Mashiko Arts & Crafts Residence)
*Admission free

Gallery Talk

Monday/National Holiday, October 8, 13:30-15:30

At Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art (exhibition room)
Penny will talk about how she became a potter and a potter’s life in devon, watching the exhibition “The Lovelyists : In Harmony with Nature”.
*Exhibition ticket needed. Admission for the exhibition “The Lovelyist : In Harmony with Nature” is free for Mashiko citizen from Saturday, October 6 to Sunday, October 14.
*Gallery talk will be held in Japanese by the artist.

*After Penny’s Gallery Talk, from 15:30, we will have Libby Buckley (Director of the Leach Pottery, UK) as our guest and she will have a slide presentation about St. Ives (Friendship City of Mashiko Town) and the Leach Pottery. It takes about half an hour. Please enjoy as much as time allows.

Exhibition “The Lovelyists : In Harmony with Nature


Thursday, October 18, 13:30-15:30

At Pottery Studio (next to Mashiko Arts & Crafts Residence)
Penny will demonstrate how she decorates her pots, using slips. She will show brushing, sgraffito and slip trailing techniques. She will also demonstrate how she creates texture on some pieces and some of her making processes, which use a combination of slab and thrown elements.
*Admission free

Depending on the situation, the plan might be changed.
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Mashiko Arts & Crafts Residence
(in Mashiko Museum of Ceramic Art / Ceramic Art Messe Mashiko)
3021 Mashiko, Mashiko-machi
Haga-gun, Tochigi

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