Thirty Years of Pottery Making by Kazuko Knappman
My pottery making started in 1981 with a Japanese potter who lived outside Tokyo in the mountains. We took our lunch and stayed all day making whatever we wanted. I made hand building tea bowls, etc.
I moved to Davis in 1982. I then worked for Sara and Tom Post for 6 years. During that time I took a two-week class with Ken Ferguson and another two weeks with Clary Illian at the Mendocino Art Center. We stayed in a dorm and the studio was open 24 hours a day. We concentrated making pots for two weeks day and night. That was an exciting time.
I then moved to Okinawa Japan in 1991. I had an apprenticeship with a Japanese potter, Mr. Oyakawa, for 3 years. We did high reduction wood firing. I also learned a “Mishima” inlay technique.
After I came back to Davis in 1995, I started teaching wheel throwing at the Davis Craft Center. I now teach hand building.
Hard to believe it has been over 30 years since I started pottery making and still enjoy making and teaching.
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