Yesterday I became an admirer of Eric Knoche's functional and sculptural ceramics. His work is partly influenced by the Japanese ceramic tradition, and he was fortunate enough to spend several months working as an apprentice to Japanese potter and Living National Treasure, Isezaki Jun. A video was produced, giving an overview of his time in Japan, and providing a fascinating insight into the daily working practises of a Bizen pottery workshop. It demonstrates the arduous processes involved in collecting and preparing the clay, and the quiet, steady discipline required to produce work of the highest standard.
http://vimeo.com/2929505 (the password required to access the video is "woodfire")
A gallery of Eric Knoche's work may be viewed here: http://www.ericknoche.com/