Pottery making

One of the great things about visiting Itoigawa is that there are so many hands-on activities to try, and that’s never more important than when you’re travelling with children. Pottery making is great fun for parents and children alike. You can make a rice bowl, a sake cup, a dish, or whatever takes your fancy.

Help is always at hand!
Help is always at hand!

It doesn’t matter if you have never made pottery before, as the teacher, a professional potter, will show you how to do it. He and his assistants are very patient, and will rescue any pots that are teetering on the brink of collapse!

Demonstrating how to start off the dish
Demonstrating how to start off the dish

You could have heard a pin drop, as everyone concentrated hard on their creations…

Each person can choose the size and shape of dish they want to make
Each person can choose the size and shape of dish they want to make

Once the pots are shaped, they will be glazed, fired, and sent to you. This may take a couple of months, as the kiln has to fill up before the pots are fired. You choose the glaze you want from the numbered samples.

The finished dishes, with numbers to indicate the glazes
The finished dishes, with numbers to indicate the glazes

Technically speaking, this is the end of the session. However, the staff are very accommodating, and will help you to make more creations…

Next, I want to make a snake...
“Next, I want to make a snake…”

… And even try out the electric wheel…

"How much does a wheel like this one cost?"
“How much does a wheel like this one cost?”

And of course, you can buy some of the professional’s work, too.

Some of the master's work, ready for firing
Some of the master’s work, ready for firing
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