Suihi Percolation

1. Suihi Percolation

Clay is percolated, and only the best quality, separated smaller, gravel is carefully retained.

Tsuchi-neri Kneading

2. Tsuchi-neri Kneading

The clay fragments are brought together and kneaded to eliminate any air which could cause cracks or explosions whilst in the kiln.

Rokuro

3. Rokuro Seikei The Potter's Wheel

Saiku-mono Hand Moulding

4. Saiku-mono Hand Moulding

Hidasuk Straw BlastingHidasuk Straw Blasting

5/6. Hidasuki Straw Blasting

A traditional technique that uses strands of straw placed on the earthenware before baking in the hot kiln, to create a unique pattern.

Red pine logs

7. Red pine logs are used to fire up the kilns, producing deep earthy red tones on the finish.

Ash flakes from the pine are created in the superheated kilns and cover the earthenware, creating a kind of glaze, strengthening and making it tough and durable.

Sangiri Charcoal

8. Sangiri  Charcoal

An original process created by pottery family Konishi Touko. Using charcoal added into the kiln part-way through the baking, the earthenware takes on black markings, producing a unique pattern.

Logs burning

9.The patient craftsmen keeping the logs burning for two weeks day and night.

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