Learn the Art of Traditional Pottery at These 3 Workshops in Japan

  • Japanese pottery is one of the country’s oldest forms of art. Pottery items are made from earthenware or stoneware of which the colors reflect the landscapes of the country. These have a long and successful history and are produced and exported in great numbers to the west. Learning the art of pottery in Japan can be an educational and exciting experience for people interested in this craft. If you’d like to learn the appeal of Japanese pottery including ceramics and porcelain, then try out these three workshops.

    1. Mashiko Tougei Club

    Mashiko is located in the southeastern part of Tochigi, about 60 miles north of Tokyo. This place is considered the production center of pottery. One of the popular places for making pottery is the Mashiko Tougei Club, a lodging facility where you can also practice pottery.

    The pottery course is categorized as a full-day course, with an optional morning course and afternoon course.

    • The full-day course is 5800 yen and is from 9:00am to 4:00pm
    • The morning course is 3700 yen and is from 9:00am to noon
    • The afternoon course is also 3700 yen and is from 1:00pm to 4:00pm

    If you only feel like decorating ceramics, you may do so for 500 yen. People can come here to learn the art of pottery for a day or they can also stay longer to acquire proper learning. Don’t worry if you don’t speak Japanese as there are foreign staff members who you can talk to in English.

    Mashiko Tougei Club website *Japanese only

    2. Yanesen Tourist Information & Culture Center

    Yanesen is located in an old part of Tokyo and is where ancient traditions are still considered an integral part of people’s everyday lives. The place is home to several artisans who passed on their traditional skills from one generation to the next.

    Through the Yanesen Tourist Information & Culture Center, you can experience making traditional Japanese pottery at whatever time is convenient for you, as long as it is between 10:00am and 4:00pm. The price is 3800 yen per person and this includes making three ceramics, choosing from a tea bowl, a teacup, an ornament, a vase, and more. A maximum of 15 people can be accommodated per session, which lasts 90-120 minutes.

    Yanesen Tourist Information & Culture Center website

    3. Kobo Fuwari

    Kobo Fuwari is located in the Mashiko area. It also offers pottery classes for a basic time period, from a beginner’s course to a more advanced course. Courses can be one-time, regular, two times, three times, or four times per month, and each class is two hours long.

    The one-time course fee is 3000 yen and this includes the cost for the clay and firing. Classes are done with direct instruction from an artist in a home-like atmosphere. Pottery classes are also conducted in English in order to accommodate foreign students. It is important to make a reservation in advance by contacting them:

    • By phone: 0285-72-5266
    • By email: kobofuwari@gmail.com

    The registration fee is 5,000 yen. Enjoy making original work of art from ordinary stylish equipment to gift items.

    Kobo Fuwari website *Japanese only

    These three workshops will help you learn about Japan’s richly varied traditional culture in pottery. Have a hands-on experience of the workshops and learn all about this ancient Japanese craft.