A while back my good friend Peter Warren stopped by with his good friend Akiyama San to collect some pots, have a cuppa and a chat. Akiyama San purchased a couple of my pots by which I was over the moon with as this was my first ever purchase by a Japanese bonsai artist.
A while after Peter and Akiyama left, Peter got in touch and said that both he and Akiyama San suggested that I apply to submit my pots for the Gafu Ten exhibition hosted at the Miyako Messe Exhibition Centre, Kyoto. I was very humbled to be asked and supported and a little nervous about whether my work would come up to scratch.
So after a lot of encouragement, recommendations and support from both Peter and Akiyama San the die was cast. I have been working on my submissions over the past few weeks with the intent on getting the pots finished before Peter heads over to Japan in November.
I will be entering into two pot categories of the three categories of the competition, these will be glazed and unglazed pots, the third category is painted pots. I will keep you posted on the firing results and my submissions for this prestigious competition in Japan, watch this space.
The shows are mounting up already for next year and I think I will need to sit down and consider about getting some more pots made and burning the midnight oil, this will mean that all commission work (that has not already been accepted) will be temporarily put on hold until after Feb next year.
To top it all off I got a call from Luc Nagels this morning offering me a stand at the XVIth Noelanders Trophy in Belgium in Feb 2015. Well I would not want to miss out on this fantastic show next year so I gratefully accepted and it will be the first time I will be independent at the show after years of being gratefully conjoined with my friend Tony Tickle. Looks like 2015 is going to be a good year!