Arita Porcelain Vessel Making at UNMApril 29th, 2013 at 10:19 am by michaelnewman under Face of Fox
I recently got the pleasure and honor to do a story on a program at UNM that is unlike any other. It is a ceramics class taught by Kathy Cyman, and it teaches students the ancient art of porcelain making. But its not your average porcelain making, it is the Arita process of porcelain found, which can only be found in Arita, Japan. Kathy actually studied with a Japanese master at this craft and is actually a national treasure. (which is the equivalent to our Nobel Peace Prize in the arts) This UNM program is the only place outside of Japan teaching this specific method and it has kept a relationship with artists from the Japanese village for over 20 years. I was able to get into their world, and get a little dirty as I “threw” my first bowl. Take a look…
I know this seems like a scene from the 1990 film, Ghost, but I was surprised at how hard it is to actually make something. Its not as easy as it looks in the movies!
What I also loved about this class, was that they always take a tea break and use the cups that they make and talk about the art form. It was truly a peaceful and educational experience.
And who would of thought that I would actually come out with a useful product after my first time. But voila!
Thank you to Kathy Cyman and all the students who let me come in their creative space and ask questions. Who knows, I may have picked up a new past-time! Be sure to look out for the story on New Mexico Style.