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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