Archive for March, 2005

Interview with Eriyo Watanabe on her Arts and Wellness Center, Incense Ceremonies and Arts Therapy. (Day 5 of 7 day interview, scroll down for more interviews.)

Thursday, March 31st, 2005

Day 5 – Q5. Can you tell us about your new programs for teachers and therapists?
Reply:
We will offer a new program, especially designed for teachers and therapists from April. It is a series of four sessions on Fri. evening or Sun. afternoon every two weeks.

The titles of each session are:

1. Opening yourself up with pastel drawing
2. Rhythm and dance with percussion
3. Experience how to surrender and let go with watercolor
4. Self-awareness through the incense ceremony

To join one of Eriyo’s classes in Setagaya, Tokyo contact her on: 03-5450-8522 or 090-9641-3260.
You can also see her website for more details: www.arts-wellness.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
* Basia Lipska, artist and director of the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo on her new website showing her artwork to the world!
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview with Eriyo Watanabe on her Arts and Wellness Center, Incense Ceremonies and Arts Therapy. (Day 4 of 7 day interview, scroll down for more interviews.)

Wednesday, March 30th, 2005

Day 4 – Q4. Could you tell more about the stress management program you will offer from April?
Reply:
At the art space in Setagaya-ku, we offer stress management programs. You will experience breathing exercises, stretching, movement, drawing, painting, free writing, Japanese calligraphy and the incense ceremony. It is a great way to raise self-awareness. The creative process is very healing. We will offer private and group sessions.

To join one of Eriyo’s classes in Setagaya, Tokyo contact her on: 03-5450-8522 or 090-9641-3260.
You can also see her website for more details: www.arts-wellness.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
* Basia Lipska, artist and director of the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo on her new website showing her artwork to the world!
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview with Eriyo Watanabe on her Arts and Wellness Center, Incense Ceremonies and Arts Therapy. (Day 3 of 7 day interview, scroll down for more interviews.)

Tuesday, March 29th, 2005

Day 3 – Q3. What is the history of the Japanese Incense Ceremony?
Reply:
When the Higashiyama Bunka was flourishing during Muromachi period (15th c.), tea ceremony, flower arrangement, Noh plays as well as incense ceremony were established. Only privileged people were able to enjoy participate in the incense ceremony until the Edo period. I would like to provide a chance to experience the incense ceremony openly for anyone who is interested.


The Incense Ceremony
We say ‘listen’ to the incense not ‘smell’. Through an inner journey, we can touch the deep sense. Many people say that old memories from childhood come to their mind. It is a very subtle experience and truly peaceful. It is a great way to be centered and grounded with deep breath. We offer incense ceremony on Wed, Thu, Fri and Sat by appointment. We give live concerts with the incense ceremony once a month at a salon near the British Embassy. Please check our website.

To join one of Eriyo’s classes in Setagaya, Tokyo contact her on: 03-5450-8522 or 090-9641-3260.
You can also see her website for more details: www.arts-wellness.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
* Basia Lipska, artist and director of the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo on her new website showing her artwork to the world!
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview with Eriyo Watanabe on her Arts and Wellness Center, Incense Ceremonies and Arts Therapy. (Day 2 of 7 day interview, scroll down for more interviews.)

Monday, March 28th, 2005

Day 2 – Q2. Can you tell us about your retreat programs at Iriai-mura in Izu?
Reply:
We started retreat programs in Izu last summer. You can enjoy the beautiful beaches, mountains, organic farms, orchards and stars at night. The traditional Japanese house can accommodate 40 people.


Izu Retreat House
We a give live concert in the grand room and creative arts workshops.
We will give a retreat for Jewish ladies on 5/14-15, summer camp for international teenagers on 6/25-26 and special live concert by several musicians on 7/9-10. We can arrange custom designed retreat programs for groups of more than 8 persons. It is a great destination in spring and summer to get out of city and enjoy nature. Please check our website at http://www.arts-wellness.com/ to see the photos and details.

To join one of Eriyo’s classes in Setagaya, Tokyo contact her on: 03-5450-8522 or 090-9641-3260.
You can also see her website for more details: www.arts-wellness.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
* Basia Lipska, artist and director of the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo on her new website showing her artwork to the world!
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview with Eriyo Watanabe on her Arts and Wellness Center, Incense Ceremonies and Arts Therapy. (Day 1 of 7 day interview, scroll down for more interviews.)

Sunday, March 27th, 2005

Day 1 – Q1. How did you get first become interested in, and acquainted with expressive arts therapy?


Eriyo Watanabe
Reply:
When I lived in Boston for almost eight years. I felt a sort of frustration when expressing myself verbally and had tried to find a way to use non-verbal expression. One day, a friend of mine sent me an email to let me know there were programs of expressive arts therapy at Lesley University in Cambridge, MA. Immediately, I signed up for the program and was accepted as a student later. The Lesley programs were experiential and truly beneficial for me. My mentor is Shaun McNiff, who was the president of American Art Therapy Association at that time. I was very lucky to have excellent teachers in this field. I cannot believe that I got my Master’s Degree in such a such a short time.

To join one of Eriyo’s classes in Setagaya, Tokyo contact her on: 03-5450-8522 or 090-9641-3260.
You can also see her website for more details: www.arts-wellness.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
* Basia Lipska, artist and director of the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo on her new website showing her artwork to the world!
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview with Tom Morris owner of Agape Ceramic School and Studio. If you want to join a pottery class in Tokyo or Yokohama, Japan he is the man to speak to! (Day 7 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Saturday, March 26th, 2005

Day 7 – Q7. Do you have any sage advice for aspiring foreign potters or other artists here in Japan?
Reply:
Over the years numerous long-term foreign residents, wanting to make a career change, have expressed an interest in opening their own art studios or schools, but had neither the resources, skills or necessary information or contacts to do so. With that, I’ve been approached with franchising offers but I am reluctant to take that step at this point. I feel art, and especially a pottery school is something hard to franchise because so much depends on the instructor and his or her skills, experience and personality. Rather I’ve put together an informal consulting element to my business, which advises people on how to get started with a pottery school; including, business plan and location analysis, supplier contacts, lesson plans, clay and glaze familiarity, firing techniques, and especially personalized pottery instruction to improve overall skill proficiency.

I’ve found it to be a unique, niche market as a foreigner teaching Japanese pottery and ceramic art in Japan. I think it’s a great opportunity for others to consider who are looking for a fresh change from what they’re doing now. The opportunities are limitless.

To join one of Tom’s pottery classes contact him by phone on 045-212-5002 or email: tom@acsjapanesepottery.com
You can also see his website for more details: www. acsjapanesepottery.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
*Eriyo Watanabe on her Center for Arts and Wellness Center.
* Basia Lipska, artist and director of the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo on her new website showing her artwork to the world!
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview with Tom Morris owner of Agape Ceramic School and Studio. If you want to join a pottery class in Tokyo or Yokohama, Japan he is the man to speak to! (Day 6 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Friday, March 25th, 2005

Day 6 – Q6. What are your goals for the future of Agape Ceramic Studio?
Reply:
With our recent move to Motomachi, Yokohama from Kamakura we hope to be more accessible and available to the foreign community. By offering traditional pottery instruction in English we hope to create opportunities for people to learn who otherwise would not have the chance to do so.

Also, we have created a beautiful exhibition space in our studio and are encouraging fellow artists interested in exhibiting their works to consider our art space. I am hopeful, too, to get back into creating my own works and have some exhibitions and sales this year. I am also working on some ideas for workshops and retreats, which combine ethnic art themes and spirituality. Finally, we’d like to be a venue where people could come for parties and celebrations. Making pottery in conjunction with festive events is always a great combination.

We offer customized party packages with kid’s and adult birthdays being the most popular. Other events have included bridal and baby showers, girls’ night out parties, corporate events, employee parties, house warmings, retirements, church/temple group gatherings, reunions, fundraisers, club groups, and spiritual retreats.

To join one of Tom’s pottery classes contact him by phone on 045-212-5002 or email: tom@acsjapanesepottery.com
You can also see his website for more details: www. acsjapanesepottery.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
*Eriyo Watanabe on her Center for Arts and Wellness Center.
* Basia Lipska, artist and director of the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo on her new website showing her artwork to the world!
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview Tom Morris owner of Agape Ceramic School and Studio. If you want to join a pottery class in Tokyo or Yokohama, Japan he is the man to speak to! (Day 5 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Thursday, March 24th, 2005

Day 5 – Q5. As a potter and ceramics art instructor do you have any preferred style or teaching interest/technique?
Reply:
I personally like the very rough, asymmetrical, and unpredictable wood-fired works found throughout many rural, traditional kiln locations of Japan. I especially appreciate the uniquely Japanese aesthetic of wabi-sabi, described as: “Rustic, simple, artless, or unsophisticated… [with] surfaces rough or irregular.” Wabi-sabi does share some characteristics with what we commonly call “primitive art,” that is, objects that are earthy, simple, unpretentious, and fashioned out of natural materials. Unlike primitive art, though, wabi-sabi almost never is used representationally or symbolically.”
Intuitively I feel “wabi-sabi” speaks to who we are as humans with our own frailties and imperfections by creating a sort of visual balance and inner harmony, which invites us in to the art without knowing why.

In my classes I teach both form and theory so students learn the functional and utilitarian aspects as well as the intentional and historical considerations of each style. Every month I incorporate a new clay, glaze, decoration style or firing technique to keep the learning process enlightening and invigorating. From this students often discover their own creative forces and interpret styles of their own.

To join one of Tom’s pottery classes contact him by phone on 045-212-5002 or email: tom@acsjapanesepottery.com
You can also see his website for more details: www. acsjapanesepottery.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
*Eriyo Watanabe on her Center for Arts and Wellness Center.
* Basia Lipska, artist and director of the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo on her new website showing her artwork to the world!
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview Tom Morris owner of Agape Ceramic School and Studio. If you want to join a pottery class in Tokyo or Yokohama, Japan he is the man to speak to! (Day 4 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Wednesday, March 23rd, 2005

Day 4 – Q4. What are the origins of Agape Ceramic Studio (ACS)?
Reply:
After about 9 years of having studied various traditional pottery styles with different instructors, I felt the confidence to slowly venture out on my own and establish Agape Ceramic Studio in 1999. “Agape” roughly translated means, “Universal love and acceptance.” Without sounding too altruistic, I wanted to create an artistic space which was international, all-inclusive, and open-minded, which invited all creative ideas and artistic sensibilities; a place where the boundaries and parameters of tradition could include fresh and unconventional creativity both in thought and artistic exploration.
We started operations out of an old, traditional house near the seaside in Zaimokuza, Kamakura, and further expanded 4 years later to Gokurakuji, Kamakura.

In February 2005, we relocated our school and studio to Motomachi, Yokohama, where we’re now combining the traditional with a more convenient location, so more international students can share and explore with us the beauty and fun of making traditional Japanese pottery and ceramics.

To join one of Tom’s pottery classes contact him by phone on 045-212-5002 or email: tom@acsjapanesepottery.com
You can also see his website for more details: www. acsjapanesepottery.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
*Eriyo Watanabe on her Center for Arts and Wellness Center.
* Basia Lipska, artist and director of the International Yoga Center in Ogikubo, Tokyo on her new website showing her artwork to the world!
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview Tom Morris owner of Agape Ceramic School and Studio. If you want to join a pottery class in Tokyo or Yokohama, Japan he is the man to speak to! (Day 3 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Tuesday, March 22nd, 2005

Day 3 – Q3. What were your initial impressions of studying pottery and ceramics in Japan?
Reply:
Initially I was a bit discouraged because my Japanese speaking ability was still not very good and there was only one school I found in Tokyo where the instructor taught in English. Unfortunately, I found this school to be rather disappointing. But, after my language proficiency improved a bit I was able to explore and experience more interesting schools and instructors. Pottery is a very intuitive and creative artistic expression, thus the teacher-student relationship, classroom dynamics, and course of study are very important considerations for any prospective foreign student.

Also, some schools I experienced were only interested in the business side of things, thus the creative and artistic components were lacking. Meeting up with the right teacher who patiently helps you discern your own unique artistic passion and potential is key to an edifying and enjoyable pottery making experience.

To join one of Tom’s pottery classes contact him by phone on 045-212-5002 or email: tom@acsjapanesepottery.com
You can also see his website for more details: www. acsjapanesepottery.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
*Eriyo Watanabe on her Center for Arts and Wellness.
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview Tom Morris owner of Agape Ceramic School and Studio. If you want to join a pottery class in Tokyo or Yokohama, Japan he is the man to speak to! (Day 2 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Monday, March 21st, 2005

Day 2 – Q2. Was it your interest in Japanese pottery and ceramics that initially brought you to Japan?
Reply:
Yes…I first came to Japan in 1990 to focus on Japanese ceramics after having studied American and European styles as a student at UCLA. I studied for 3 years with various instructors in commercial venues around the Tokyo area before returning to graduate school in California. Upon my return to Japan in 1996, I was back in Japan, in Kamakura, studying with a raku-yaki master sensei for two years.

Presently, I am studying advanced aspects of throwing on the electric wheel, as well as traditional glaze making with a sensei in Iriya, near Ueno. In Japanese ceramics, one is always and forever a student…

To join one of Tom’s pottery classes contact him by phone on 045-212-5002 or email: tom@acsjapanesepottery.com
You can also see his website for more details: www. acsjapanesepottery.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
*Eriyo Watanabe on her Center for Arts and Wellness.
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview with Tom Morris owner of Agape Ceramic School and Studio. If you want to join a pottery class in Tokyo or Yokohama, Japan he is the man to speak to! (Day 1 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Sunday, March 20th, 2005

Day 1 – Q1. How did you first become acquainted, and interested in traditional Japanese pottery and ceramics?
Reply:
While a high school sophomore, I worked as a busboy at one of the first sushi restaurants in Los Angeles. All the staff were from Tokyo, so it was my first exposure to working in a different cultural setting, at a relatively young age. I was always intrigued by how much care was taken in the restaurant to match every kind of food with the appropriate “pottery” tableware.


A beautiful tea bowl created by Tom.

Growing up as a kid we’d grab any old bowl or plate from the cupboard for whatever we were eating, so I never gave much thought to the aesthetics of food and artistic tableware synchronicity. Loving all kinds of food, first and foremost, it was a natural transition into slowly appreciating the art of pottery, especially Japanese.


Tom Morris, potter, pottery teacher and Japanese ceramics enthusiast.

To join one of Tom’s pottery classes contact him by phone on 045-212-5002 or email: tom@acsjapanesepottery.com
You can also see his website for more details: www. acsjapanesepottery.com


INDEX OF PREVIOUS INTERVIEWS
UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
* Eriyo Watanabe on her Center for Arts and Wellness.
* David Howenstein on JAMBO’s Tokyo hiking activities, environmental restoration projects and reconnecting with nature activities for those of us living in Tokyo who REALLY need it!
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.

Interview Angela Jeffs (Japan Times Journalist) on her writing class “Drawing on the Writer Within”, the book she is working on at the moment and labyrinths. (Day 7 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Saturday, March 19th, 2005

Day 7 – Q7. Why are you so caught up in the past?
Reply:
In order to better understand the here and now. In order to better understand myself. I spent years angsting about poverty and injustice, so desperate to change the world that I near drove myself crazy. Once I realised that the only thing I could change was myself, and that – as Azzah would say – “by changing myself I could help change the world”, I found a sounder perspective. If each one of us tried to change ourselves for the better – meaning become more conscious and aware and less ego-driven – the world would be a very different place.

Zushi, 2004.

So I would not say I am caught up in the past. Rather I am very much present and living in the here and now. But I do agree with Socrates: “An unexamined life is not worth living.”

To join one of Angela’s writing classes contact RBR on 03-5475 6171,
or check the following websites for details: www.rbr-art.com

UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.
* Tom Morris on his new pottery and ceramics studio and school in Yokohama. www.acsjapanesepottery.com

Interview Angela Jeffs (Japan Times Journalist) on her writing class “Drawing on the Writer Within”, the book she is working on at the moment and labyrinths. (Day 6 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Friday, March 18th, 2005

Day 6 – Q6. What did you mean about entering another difficult period of your life?
Reply:
In late 1999 I made a month-long journey to Argentina, Chile and Uraguay to help resolve family issues. (I had spent most of my life either trying to ignore them or in denial of family ties altogether, but Japan had made me ask questions.) When I returned from South America, I thought I had failed, and became deeply depressed to see a pattern repeating itself. This was when I sought theraputic help from Azzah () a roving psychologist I had once interviewed and then run away from because I feared she could see straight through me. I was right.


My grandfather in Piriapolis, Uraguay, two years before he died in 1954.

The last five years have therefore been preoccupied with getting a grip on what I recognise now as an ancestral addiction to failure, habitual patterns that classify me as an Ennegram 4-type personality, and also writing a book about my journey. Two-thirds through I remain enthralled, weaving together my daily diary, 107 letters written by my grandfather in Buenos Aires to my father in England between 1935-1954, and a mass of ongoing research. Every day new connections are made and relatives turn up out of the blue. For not only did I put my own family together, but another branch altogether that prior to coming to Japan I had never known existed. My patriarchal family name may be all but dead and buried in the UK, but goes from strength to strength in Chile!


Some of my family in Santiago, Chile ( I on front row, 4th from right)

I pursue this project for my children, so that they better know their mother and and call a halt to the habitual undermining rot that sabotaged her own life, and those of their ancestors. I cannot think of any more important gift to leave behind. When I complete this, I shall know if there is a book to write for the wider outside world.


Travelling back to Buenos Aires across the Andes

To find your personality type according to the Enneagram (another ancient system that deserves close attention) go to www.enneagraminstitute.com and do the free RHETT test.


My cousin, Maria-Elena Bustamnate Loader laying flowers on my grandfather’s unmarked grave in Montevideo, 2000.

To join one of Angela’s writing classes contact RBR on 03-5475 6171,
or check the following websites for details: www.rbr-art.com


UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.
* Tom Morris on his new pottery and ceramics studio and school in Yokohama. www.acsjapanesepottery.com

Interview Angela Jeffs (Japan Times Journalist) on her writing class “Drawing on the Writer Within”, the book she is working on at the moment and labyrinths. (Day 5 of 7 day interview, Scroll down for more interviews.)

Thursday, March 17th, 2005

Day 5 – Q5. You have written a number of books. How did ‘Insider’s Tokyo’ come about?
Reply:
You have written a number of books. How did ‘Insider’s Tokyo’ come about?

Most of the books I wrote or collaborated on in the UK were practical in nature. ‘Insider’s Tokyo’ was commissioned by Times Editions (as was) in Singapore after they read some of my travel writing on Japan in Asia Magazine.


Insider’s Tokyo, published November 2001.

One of a series on capital cities, I was asked to research and compile 45 stories about the history of Tokyo by focussing on objects – an address, a monument, even in my case, a willow tree and a golf course. It took a year to plan, and about a year and a half to research (on the hoof) and write. I learned a lot; my knees have yet to recover.

Unfortunately it took a year to get into print, by which time (2001) I had entered another difficult period of my life. Unable to give it the attention and credit it deserved, IT quickly disappeared from book store shelves. You can still get it from Good Day Books in Ebisu, however.

Yes, I was disappointed that IT was not provided with better
marketing opportunities to reach a wider audience. But still it was a
great experience. No regrets.

To join one of Angela’s writing classes contact RBR on 03-5475 6171,
or check the following websites for details: www.rbr-art.com


UPCOMING INTERVIEWS
* Gretta McIlvaine founder of Bridge Between the Worlds Healing Center and Graduate of the Barbara Brennan School of Healing.
* Tom Morris on his new pottery and ceramics studio and school in Yokohama. www.acsjapanesepottery.com