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By Helen on Sunday, March 21, 2004 - 9:44 am:
I am living in Osaka. I am looking for a pottery school/club in the Suita area. contact me at girlseigo[at]yahoo.com.au
By K.A. on Tuesday, September 6, 2005 - 12:31 am:
POTTERY MAKING WORKSHOP:
The workshop will enable you to make your own JAPANESE TEA BOWL using a manual wheel. Fee includes tuition and use of workshop facilities during class as well as clay, colors to choose and firing. The bowl will be ready for you after about 3 weeks.
-Date/time: Sept 23 (Fri) national holiday 1pm to 4pm
-Meeting point; JR Ichigaya Station ticket gate.
-Destination: Hon-Komagome (Subway Nanboku-line)
-Limited to 20 participants
By Jellund on Friday, February 17, 2006 - 12:55 pm:
Pottery workshop - Sangubashi/Odakyu line:
Luna Luna international kids room in Sangubashi will have a parent-child pottery workshop in March.
The details are only available in Japanese so far but the teacher is fluent in English
Details are here http://www.lunaluna.jp/event/Aki-san%20WS%20Ceramic/Ceramic.html
By Cornelia on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 4:01 pm:
Thank you K.A.
We did the pottery workshop near Hon-Komagome station in September and it was a blast! However, it was a one time thing. It is possible to take classes there, but pretty much only on Thursdays from 19:00 - 21:00 which is hard to fit into the schedule on a school night what with homework, cooking dinner, etc.
In February this year, my daughter's art teacher took her class for another session tackling clay at:
Tougei Pottery Center
tel: 03-5979-3456 toll free: 0120-696-044
Tokyo, Toshima-ku, Higashi Ikebukuro 1-15-9-8F
http://www.tougei.com/tougei/kaimono_houhou_etc/index_houmon_hanbai.htm (Japanese only)
My daughter brought home a bowl and a cup back a few weeks later (which had the bases thoughtfully finished by someone there, so these items all stack nicely with our other dishes). We use them all the time. I don't know of any pottery classes conducted in English, but you can learn a lot by watching carefully too!
There are also loads of potteries outside of Tokyo that allow people to come in and make things. Most of them will mail you the items after firing (at a cost). We had some fun at a place called:
Hisa Tokoubou: (http://www.hisatou.com/) in Kasama City on 2 April. We haven't gotten those items back yet, but we are waiting enthusiastically. We paid about Y1000 each for 800grams clay plus firing. We'll be picking them up so I don't know what the shipping cost would be. Here's a price list (though I can't read it myself): http://www.hisatou.com/hisatou020b.html. There were at least two other potteries on the same road that offered a similar experience. I think quite a few potteries do something of this sort.
By Jellund on Monday, April 24, 2006 - 4:00 pm:
Lunaluna has the info in English now for the pottery workshops :)
I got my sushi plate, chopstick holders and soy sauce bowl back last week and they are great :)
It was kind of pottery-houdai as you just make what you want during the time :)