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The Society for the Preservation of the Pottery Tradition in Klikov is delighted to invite you to Klikov in Southern Bohemia this autumn. We will be visited by a Japanese ceramicist - Masakazu Kusakabe There will be throwing demonstrations, talks, photographs, discusions with Mr Kusakabe and other guests. We will be finishing the building of the kiln designed by Mr. Kusakabe and have an inaguration firing. For more information about the programme, please e-mail me: email@example.com .
Photographs done during Mr. Kusakabe visit in 2007.
We were visited by the Japanese ceramicist Masakazu Kusakabe - 8.-10.2007. This was his second visit in Klikov. This meeting took place during a firing of the wood fired kiln, specially constructed for long firings (so called Mashinka), which has been build during our symposium in 2006. The construction of this kiln was inspired by the kilns, which Mr. Kusakabe builds. We trust that Mr. Kusakabe will be able to visit Klikov again, perhaps during a construction of a kiln according to his drawings.
We have been organizing a summer exhibition „History of pottery in Klikov“ since 2003. We aim to show the visitors to Klikov not only the useful and beautiful historical pottery made in the workshops of Klikov, but also the way it was made. The kassels kiln, which is used to this day is a part of the exhibition.
We took up the generous offer or the Cultural society of Jindřichův Hradec and prepared an exhibition of the works resulting from meetings of ceramicist in Klikov in the past 5 years. The work of 22 authors was just a fragment of the wide range of approaches. I showed the pleasure of the accomplished projects. Mr Josef Kroutvor wrote the Introduction to the exhibition. The exhibition was financially supported by the Czech Ministry of Culture.
Society for Preservation of the Pottery Tradition in Klikov organized „Glaze from natural resources“ course. 16.-18. June 2006
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"Mr Masakazu Kusakabe arrived in southern bohemian village Klikov for the International Symposium of Wood Fired Ceramics 2003.*)"Weekly newspaper Respekt No. 17 (22. - 27. 4.2003) The unexpected happened when the sculptor and artist Christos Tsimbourlas from Greece and Japanese master ceramicist and artist Masakazu Kusakabe accepted our invitation to the Wood Firing Symposium KASSELS KILN 2003. I trust that for everyone, who visited Klikov during the Symposium, the meeting with the artists, learning about their work and different techniques of working with clay was a unique experience. Our other guests - Shinobu Kanayama and Yasuyo Nishida from Japan, who came as assistants of Mr Kusakabe, enriched the Symposium by introducing the participants to the culture of the Tea Ceremony. They also organized workshops of calligraphy, origami and clay modelling. We had the opportunity to taste the unusual Japanese cuisine. To complement the practical workshops, there were evening talks with slide shows, which enabled us to learn about the work of our guests in better depth. We also had the opportunity to find out about different wood firing practices. During the Symposium the firing of the Kassels kiln took place. The participants and guests had the opportunity to place their work in the kiln and actively participate in the firing process. I would like to thank everyone for taking part and I look forward to meeting again. I say goodbye with the words of Mr Kusakabe: „fire makes new human relationships“.
Martin Hadrava *) Sincere apologies for not having Christos Tsimbourlas mentioned in the news.
CHRISTOS TSIMBOURLAS, member of the Greek Chamber of Fine Arts - ceramicist, sculptor, artist, who woodfires his work.
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MASAKAZU KUSAKABE, Japanese master ceramicist, builder of Dancing Wood Fire Kilns.
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The Symposium was financially supported by the Nadace českého fondu umění (Foundation of the Czech art fund), Masarykovo nábř. 250, 110 00 Praha 1, Czech republic..
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