Q: How long have you been doing pottery?

A: I started in 2002 while studying at Kansai Gaidai University in Osaka, Japan.  Since then I have worked in studios in Melbourne (Australia), Shimane (Japan) and now Manhattan (New York).

 

Q: What is your signature?

A: The signature I use is the Japanese character for wind.  "Hugh" has the same sound as the word (onomatopoeia) used for wind.  

 

Q: Where can I see your work?

A: If you are in New York, please contact me to arrange a private viewing.  Otherwise you can see my latest work in my shop or you can follow my instagram.

 

Q: How long does it take to make a piece?

A: Preparing the clay, forming the shape on the wheel, slowly drying the piece, trimming and first bisque firing takes about 1 month.  The final firing in the wood kiln only happens 3-4 times a year and that process takes 2-3 weeks.

 

Q: Where is your studio?

A: I rent studio space in Manhattan, New York.  I am working towards having setting up my own private studio.  That's my dream but living in NYC makes it very difficult.   

 

Q: Can you make more of the sold out items?

A: Each piece is one of a kind, especially the woodfired pieces. It is near impossible to duplicate the results achieved in a woodfired kiln. However, I will try to remake popular forms although the glaze and texture will be unique.