西山に夕焼けが落ちた頃、静まり返った街中を歩く。 着飾った貴族たちが、牛車に揺られて、御所にある家路に急ぎ足で私を過ぎてゆく。 六角堂の夕刻の鐘が聞こえ、京町家の路地を、幕末の有志たちが走り去る。 京都、８００年続いた古都が私の中によみがえる。
— When the sunset falls on Nishiyama, I walk through the lonely streets... so peaceful again. Elegant nobles rushing, swayed in their carriages, they head to the Imperial Palace. I hear the evening bell of the temple, and observe the alleys, the typical houses of Kyoto. The last fighters flee, spelling the end of the Samurais' era. Kyoto, the ancient capital - 800 years of history - I feel them rising in my soul.
Most of Japanese art expressions flourished there. I am delighted to notice that those traditions are inherited in present days Kyoto by its artists and craftspeople: painting, Tea ceremony, Ikebana, pottery, lacquer ware, performing arts... This is the place I was born and brought up. When I was little, I was not specially interested in Arts, my family was not even particularly artistic.
However, when I was in my teens, I started to appreciate every forms of art surrounding me, including European art. At 25, I left Kyoto and went to Europe to study Arts, a voyage in the pursuit of my own art form. After my studies in London, I became a theatre designer in Dublin where I lived and worked for over 35 years.
One day I fell into working as a potter. I am very glad I was born in Kyoto and spent my early times there. I do feel I was breathing - naturally and unconsciously - the essence of those wonderful traditional arts. Though, Kyoto is not only my past. I still have the privilege to spend my time there and do my pottery work as all my family still live in Kyoto. I have a workshop space in my mother’s house and also practice at my pottery master’s studio to learn from him. Kyoto is my home.
Next to my place, there is the Boulangerie, just across the street, the Cafe and a Restaurant. And how about my voisins? They are so kind and of course authentically French! This is the place I live and work.
I had nearly forgotten, but it did happen to me once, far before I left Japan. In fact, this neutral, spiritual feeling when I wheel my clay, came first to me a long long time ago…
One day, a friend invited me to her workshop and showed me how to work on the wheel. I sat down beside the wheel - it was my first time with the clay. Suddenly I fell into a world I had never been before. My real world surrounding me had disappeared. I was somewhere else…. In a new perception of space-time where I felt so ecstatic and blissful! I was totally astonished and filled with exaltation.
Kyoto, London, Dublin and now here in Vézénobres… Since I left Japan, I performed numerous projects in several countries for over 40 years. Over those years, I had nearly forgotten this feeling, this spiritual space... Now that I sit down in my medieval cellar, it does come back to me.
Chisato Yoshimi: Poterie Portfolio
A) 3 hours private base lesson-Price: 60 € (guarantee for 1 piece of your own work).
B) over night stay in my B&B + 6 hours private based lesson-Price: 100 € （guarantee for 2 piece of your own work).
C) Optional: Japanese meals from around 10-15 €
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Phone: 0466 24 27 62/06 85 98 97 62
Adresse: 19 Place de la Mairie, 30360 Vézénobres, France