Serendipity Art Center, Unzen, Japan

Serendipity Art Center, Unzen, Japan
Serendipity Art Center

Sunday, February 10, 2019

Making Progress!

I've been able to make several trips to work on Serendipity, and each time Kazuki surprises me with all the work he's done. It's looking great! 

 New kitchen! 
 My son Ryland Sweigard's drone photo of Serendipity.
 Love my log pillows. 
 Bought a small gas kiln and pugmill.
 Ceramics studio barn. Planning on making the trough a sink, putting wheels downstairs, and hand building tables upstairs in the loft.
Side view of the ceramics studio in the summer.
 Kazuki's rice field down the road in Tonasaka village. Drone photo by my son, Ryland Sweigard.
 Surrounding landscape down the hill from Serendipity. 
 I'm planning on making this area the glaze room.
 Kazuki's lawn mowers. 
 House has air conditioner / heater. Also has a washing machine that washes and dries in the same machine.
 Other view of house. It connects to the barn that we hope to turn into housing someday.
 Best renovation so far! I love the water saving sink and of course the "bells and whistles" of Japanese toilets. Control panel on the wall.

Massive improvement over the original toilet. 
Enclosing toilet room and shower.
Gorgeous rooster strutting his stuff. Had to keep the door closed, or he'd walk into the kitchen! 

A lot of people ask me when we're opening. My response is, "When it's Ready". I have no idea when that will be. Each time I'm there, I see excited progress, and get new ideas. I hope to open the ceramics studio first. Folks can stay in Unzen, and make ceramic work at Serendipity, a 10 minute scenic ride away. Kazuki has a small bus/large van, to transport folks.

I want to thank all the people that have helped us create this future art center.

I can't express my gratitude enough for Kazuki! My dear tomadachi - friend. This art center is truly: