There are some excellent galleries in Sydney that focus on displaying the work of local ceramic artists. I am sure its a labour of love for most of the gallery owners as the market is not large and the work required to mount a successful exhibition is significant. Chinaclay Kerrie Lowe Sabbia Planet Furniture - have an interesting collection of tableware from local makers and a collection of vintage japanese work If in the mood to travel further afield, the gallery at the Sturt in Mittagong always has an eclectic mix of furniture and ceramics.
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Making and Work

I describe myself as a Maker, for me the term is a indicator of where my inspiration and satisfaction are found. This has generally been realised in the workshop making objects with wood and more recently clay. Its harder to find in the work I do as a Solution and Enterprise architect. Aspects are definitely present, as myself or my team are generally involved with a larger to team to create and implement a new software capability.
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The most popular post on Slowlane has been Ceramics Destinations in Kyoto, this post seeks to provide the same information for a Tokyo visitor. Mingeikan Also known as the Japan Folk Crafts Museum. Soetsu Yanagi 1 created this museum to display his collection of mingei items (daily necessities made by common people using local materials)It displays a collection of mingei pottery, textiles and lacquer ware. Feature exhibitions are also held regularly.
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Following a link from Fine Woodworking I came across an inspiring collection of videos featuring a group of traditional craftspeople who live in the US state of Arkansas. The state has sponsored the production of a movie series featuring each craftsman talking about their work and practising in their studios. Something that stands out is the advanced age of some of the artists who are still practising. Chair maker Dallas Bump is 94 and fiddle maker Violet Hensley was still making well into her 90’s.
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I have linked to this video showing the making of a beautiful guitar before, but its so good its worth another run. The Art of Making, Alma Flamenca from Deep Green Sea on Vimeo.
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Here is another beautiful video celebrating craftsmanship.

It features Tom Ellis who started building mandolins from his rural workshop in late 1970’s. Tom has recently relaunched his instrument line in collaboration with Pava one his co-workers.


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