I've been following his blog for many years now - click on the name to be taken to his site.
During the terrible aftermath of the earthquake that wrecked his home and kiln in 2011 Euan wrote in heart rending terms of the experience and the hope of rebuilding.
Well he has rebuilt and now has a new kiln and a new home. While I knew his story from his blog, it was a moving experience to see those images again and to hear him personally recount that story as he gave a presentation before getting on the wheel.
To see a professional potter working is a real joy. Both inspiring and daunting at the same time. There is no way I could manage the 12 kgs of clay he centred on the wheel and then proceeded to quickly throw bowls from 'off the hump' as us westerners call it. Apparently that is the usual way work is made in Japan and for them throwing one piece at a time on the wheel head is more unusual.
Euan had thrown some work a couple of days earlier so we could see him trim some bowls.
|Euan trimming base of large vase|
|base of large vase. untrimmed bowls in foreground.|
|base of large vase trimmed|
|Rope patterned marking is a trademark decoration for Euan Craig|
|joining the two parts|
|The vessel being finished off...|
I was delighted to meet Euan in person and to be able to bring home a small example of his work which I purchased .. a fine addition to my small collection...
|wheel thrown bowl by Euan Craig 2014|