It’s already May, but this was in February. I experienced pottery making at Kakuyama Pottery in Toki City, Gifu Prefecture.
It’s a pottery experience.
As a wholesaler of tableware, we touch a lot of plates every day, but unfortunately we do not have the opportunity to make ceramics. The Mino ware industry is a division of labor system, and I will give you a rough list of what I can think of.
- Occupations that deal with soil
- Mold Making Occupations
- Glaze Occupations
- Occupation of potteries
- Occupation of making boxes
- Packing material store
- Trading company （including Yamani）
This is what it looks like.
There are others. This has been done for 400 years.
It is a system that has been handed down from generation to generation for a long time.
Kakuyama Pottery where you can try your hand at making ceramics.
This time, we visited Kakuyama Pottery, where you can experience pottery making in Toki City, Gifu Prefecture.
Kakuyama Pottery is close to Toki Station, so it is convenient to come here by train!
Ceramic Art Experience Starts
So let’s get started with the pottery experience. This time, the plan is to have children take on the challenge.
First, you will be taught how to make ceramics.
The shape of the image changes as you look at it…it’s like it’s alive.
It is interesting to watch.
The staff at Kakuyama Pottery will assist you if you have any difficulties during the process or if you are unable to change the shape as you wish.
It looks like he made a teacup first. Cut the bottom with thread and put the work on the board.
This time, each person will experience two ceramics, and the second one looks like a rice bowl.
This one is shaped like a four-leaf clover.
Specify the glaze and complete the pottery experience!
The process after this was done by Kakuyama Pottery. From this point, it is fired unglazed, adjusted in shape, glazed, and fired, and completed in about two months.
Here is the finished product
- 2 rice bowls
- 2 teacups
A total of 4 pieces were made.
The bottom left is a rice bowl or a medium bowl…but it is used as a rice bowl.
Every time I look at the bowls and teacups I made, it brings back memories of the day of the pottery experience…it’s quite a nice feeling.
It was a ceramic experience.
It was a ceramic art experience at Kakuyama Pottery! It was very enjoyable to watch the clay change its shape as it was being formed. I encourage everyone to try pottery making.