|Miya[ Sharing Kyoto Staff ]
English instructions are available! Have fun making a mug!
You can have this experience at a place two minutes from Kiyomizu Temple on foot called Mori-Toki-Kan. It is on the way to Kiyomizu Temple, so there are always a lot of sightseers around.
The fee for the experience depends on the amount of clay you use. The mug I made used 600g of clay, so the fee was ¥2,680. (Making a large bowl or beer glass uses 1kg of clay for ¥3,390, while large dishes and the like use 1.4kg of clay for ¥4,120.)
Spending time hesitating at this stage wastes time, so it is a good idea to decide what to make in advance.
First, the instructor explains the overall process while actually making a piece.
The explanation in English is easy to understand, and there is also an English instructions sheet, so there’s nothing to worry about.
English Instructions Sheet
Watching the instructor at work!
I was excited to get to work straight away.
When the instructor’s explanation was finished, it was time to start on my mug.I began working while imagining the kind of mug I wanted to make.
Working the clay with inexperienced hands.
Carefully, so it doesn’t collapse!
The piece gradually began to take shape. My heart racing, I stayed focused until it was finished.
About 20 minutes passed since I had started. The general form was completed!
The end is in sight! Just a little more and it’s done!
Now for the finishing touches. I carved my name in the bottom, attached a handle, and used a stamp to give it a pattern.
I carved my name, "Miya", on the bottom.
A stamp shaped like a cherry blossom
It’s finally finished! I gave the handle a curved design so the fingers can grip it.
The handle is a little crude. Still, I’m very satisfied!
It takes about 40 minutes. Afterward, they fire it in the kiln, and they will mail it to your house when it is done. For international shipping, it will take about 60 days to arrive after your experience. I’m looking forward to it being finished!