Eight Wednesdays: September 16 through November 4, 4–6pm
This eight-week intermediate-level class is designed to teach the traditional pottery making techniques carried on in the Akazu area of Seto City, Aichi, Japan. Hiroshige Kato, a 12th-generation master potter will be teaching LIVE from his studio! Each week will cover a different topic and the final week will be a field trip to another studio, a look at the local kilns and a discussion of glazes and glazing techniques. This class will be particularly helpful for those interested in learning about making production pottery. Don’t miss this unique opportunity to travel virtually and learn Japanese ceramic techniques.
Week One: Japanese Wheel-Throwing Techniques, Spiral Wedging, Special Tools, Narrow-Necked Forms
Week Two: Making Chucks, Throwing Plates with Unusual Shapes
Week Three: Advanced Chucks, Trimming Tools and Field Trip to a Japanese Tool Shop
Week Four: Making Variety of Teapots
Week Five: How to Make Lids
Week Six: Throwing Larger Pieces and Throwing off the Hump vs. Throwing Directly on the Wheel
Week Seven: How to Assemble and Attach Separate Thrown Elements, Cake Stand, Bamboo-shaped Vase
Week Eight: Types of Kilns, Glazing Techniques, Loading for Bisque-Firing and Field Trip to another pottery studio
Potters have worked in the hills near Akazu for over 1000 years. Hiroshige Kato is a 12th-generation pottery master. Around 1610, his family was one of only four families to be protected by the Shogunate from the warring state in order to make tea ceremony goods for Nagoya Castle. At that time, his family broke away to build the kiln known as “Kitagama”. Today it is the only kiln remaining from that time. In the late 1990’s Hiroshige’s father turned the family business into a very successful production line with the company name “Kasen”. Many internationally known ceramic artists have had their start at the wheel of Kasen. Over some 400 years, the family has survived major earthquakes, financial ruin and industrialization to continue hand-crafting their art. Hiroshige Kato has returned the family to its roots and his studio, “Kasen Pottery”, has come full-circle to produce hand-crafted traditional pottery of the highest quality.