My (admittedly sporadic) involvement in the City Daily Photo community started hrough Meg and Ben Nakagawa who have been running Nelson Daily Photo since around the middle of the Meiji era.
We’ve met often in Nelson over the past 8 years or so and it was treat to have them over for high tide and a glass of wine the other day.
“We’re so looking forward to seeing your European ceramics” said Meg (who has a profound knowledge about pretty much everything, but especially the history of the Japanese ceramics and who gets on with Ms jb like kataku no hito ).
This is the one that captivated them – a salt-glazed pestel and mortar by Birke Kästner, a potter from Mecklenburg-Vorpommern (in what used to be East Germany) and someone we rate highly.
It was fascinating to see how they interpreted it – the haptic differences between the internal and external sides of the bowl and the interaction of the flaming and the salt deposits.