I meet Nai Dee many years ago but i have heard his name long before that. he is famous for his little monk sculpture.
In 2005 I took 6 Australian artists to his studio in Chaingmai, Thailand. This is the second time i visit his studio but not the same one. He has many many studios but this one is a special one as it also his house.
He works under the house with very minimum tools almost none apart from his hand a few sticks. The set up is very basic and simple yet he manage to produce wonderful sculpture.
Next to his working area is a little creek. It is so peaceful to sit in his studio and listen to the sound of water moving. He has little handmade kiln in front of his house. It go to about 1000 C at max.
We all very impress with his studio, the peacefulness and the simplicity. However, we all also happy to go back to civilization in no time!
I have been to Janet’s studio a few time. These images are from my latest visit during Clay Energy, May 2010. “Morning View” is the name of her studio.
Janet works from home. Her studio is separate from the house, made of wood. Janet is a wood firer and has many wood fire kilns at the back of her studio. Somehow i forgot to take photo of them all…sorry.
On the day i visit she has her second out for sell. Most of them gone before mid day.
Her studio is about 5 hours from Sydney.
Nick Cave – a sculptor, costumier and performance artist.
His ‘Soundsuits’ series is amazing!
Check out his book here
Kenji is a ceramic artist from Japan. He moved to Brisbane, Australia in October 2004. He makes very beautiful and charming functional works as well as some one off art piece. Kenji works with porcelain and his porcelain technical skill is very high. I am amaze to see how he join of bit and pieces of porcelain slab together with out any crack!
His studio is on the first floor next to the garage. It has a big glass door lead to the front yard. Near the glass door is a small slab roller that help him make clay slab. Kenji mention that it will take him a whole day to make slabs from one bag of clay. His slab is very thin and very fragile. He leave the slabs overnight to firm up before he starts working on them.
I feel so privilege to visit his studio …. …. and so lucky to got one of his tea set to take home 🙂
Check out his blog at http://kamenendo.blogspot.com/
“Where They Create” is a visual document of his works on creative environments.
Very beautiful photo of artist studios. I think I should learn how to take photo from him 🙂
I think Somluk’s studio is one of the most beautiful studio i have ever visit. He has his studio in Chiang Rai, northern Thailand. He design and build his own studio. The studio has an amazing view of mountain and rice field. He name his studio “Doi Din Dang” or “Red Clay Hill” referring to its surrounding lateral ridges covered with red soil. The studio established since 1991. It has four areas, studio where he work, gallery, out door gallery and show room.
Apart from making his own work, Somluk also run a small production studio as well. The production studio provide jobs for local villagers. He teach and train them to make pots and help them with design and marketing.
Visit Doi Din Dang pottery website for more detail www.dddpottery.com
I visit Graeme Wilkie’s studio a few years back with a group of Thai and Australia ceramic artists as part of the Clay Alchemy project (www.clayalchemy.net). His studio is located in the rain forest of The Great Otway National Park, Victoria (about 162 km southwest of Melbourne).
It is a very large purpose built studio equip with clay and glaze making tools. The studio also has an Anagama kiln and a bourry box style kiln as Graeme is a wood-firer. The studio also have retail shop at the exit point so visitors can purchase his work after seeing all of the making process. Graeme mention that he got this retail idea from vising ceramic factory in Chaingmai, Thailand!