Autumn in Japan

The colors in Kyoto right now are stunning.  Here are a few shots of the bright red maples and yellow gingkos around some of the temple grounds.

It’s a great time to travel off into the countryside and check out the fall scenery.  So I went off to Tamba Sasayama to visit an American potter, John Dix.  It is a beautiful part of Japan, with traditional thatched-roof farmhouses and lots of beautiful nature.

John Dix has a lovely country studio with a thatched-roof tea hut and gallery of some of his pots. He has been living in Japan for the past 20 years or so and makes some really beautiful pottery.

Here are some photos of some of his great woodfired pieces that are all around the property.

It was a great visit to Sasayama…. and with good company.  This last photo is with John Dix, Dr. Dirk Noyes and his son Gavin Noyes, who is also a great potter who studied in Shigaraki and lives in Utah (check out his pots at

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