Left: Experience painting on porcelain.
Right: Completed colorful porcelain.
Porcelain with Roots in Komatsu
Kutani ware is a general term for pottery made in Minami Kaga, Ishikawa Prefecture. Pottery can be broadly divided into earthenware made from clay and porcelain made from stone. Kutani ware is porcelain. The raw materials for Kutani ware are crushed from a rocky mountain in Komatsu City and processed into materials. In this two-day period, we will delve deeper into Kutani ware, a craft culture that has developed from its topographical characteristics, together with Keigo Kamide of Kamide Choemon Gama.
Take Home the Finished Product and Memories
The pottery is finished by applying glaze to the unglazed pottery, firing it, painting it, and then firing it again. In this experience, glaze for painting is applied directly to an unglazed sake cup. Dissolve each of the three colors of powder in water, apply it to the brush, and paint. Firing is done at the Kamide Choemon Gama factory. It generally takes about 10 days to complete, but since it is baked on the same day, you can take it home.
Main Instructorʼ s Profile
The sixth generation of the “Kamide Choemon Gama”. He graduated from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2006. In the same year, he became the successor of Kamide Choemon Kiln. Since then, he has been involved in many works of art and design together with the artisans.
Schedule DAY 1
After the orientation, we will give a lecture on pottery, tea culture, and the world view of Kutani ware.
Buffet style lunch with everyone at CAFE.
It's time to start the experience. You will paint an unglazed sake cup.
Free time. It is also possible to take you to a nearby hot spring.
Dinner. Enjoy dishes made with Hokuriku ingredients and sake.
Continue laughing and talking at the MOSS BAR behind CRAFT&STAY.
Schedule DAY 2
If you wish, let's collect chicken eggs together
A Japanese breakfast centered on brown rice for everyone.
Resuming the experience. Move to the Kamide Choemon Kiln Gama, where the kiln was fired the day before.
Tea time. Enjoy a delicious cup of tea in a freshly baked tea utensil that you have painted yourself.
*The above is an example. There may be some changes on the day.