|A very engrossed student and patient Master Metalworker|
I first met Hariu-san at a Tatebayashi citizens' festival some six or so years ago. I was able to visit him in his workshop a few years ago when Fiona and I returned as part of the SC art-culture exchange group. When he knew we were again in town for the citizens' festival etc Hariu-san invited me to his workshop where he said he would teach me the Japanese technique of ibushi.
On our arrival we spent some time drinking tea, discussing metalwork techniques and studying some pieces and tools.
|Discussing techniques - particularly patinas and colouring|
|Hariu-san and an older apprentice Kezuka-san|
|Many many stakes for different forms|
|Discussing which stake would be used on which section of the vessel|
|Discussing which hammer would be used at which stage of the forming of the vessel- the hand of Mizuho (aka Cathy) our fantastic interpreter|
|Small intense charcoal cooking fire with smoke cones in the background|
|Intense smoke after a smoking tray and pine needles (leaves) were added|
|Hariu-san demonstrates the process with two smoke cones in place|
|The student has a go|
|The metal - coloured and sealed by heat and resin|
|Intent record keepers|
|Hariu-san checks out the stemless sake vessel|
|We share a laugh about not being able to put the vessel down and spilling the sake|
|Fiona, Barry, Osumi-san, Hariu-san and Kezuka-san|
And Cathy made the lesson and the visit possible and rich through her interpreting.