Japanese pottery is very famous across the world. Japanese pottery repair techniques like Kintsugi (金継ぎ, "golden joinery"), also known as kintsukuroi (金繕い, "golden repair"), have surprised art world. It is the Japanese art of repairing broken pottery by mending the areas of breakage with lacquer dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum, a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy, it treats breakage and repair as part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
Taki Akinori (滝 昭典) is one of the popular pottery artist in Japan and around the world. Taki Akinori was born in Nasu (那須町芦野), Tochigi prefecture in 1955. In 1976, Taki san graduated from Tokyo College of Technology, Industrial Design Department. Taki Akinori studied under professor Rokuro Watanabe of Kasama City, Ibaraki Prefecture. In 1981, in the Kuroiso city, Tochigi prefecture, Taki san started Mizuakira-gama kiln which was relocated to Nasu-cho in 1991. Taki san conducted many japan pottery art exhibitions and received many awards in Japan and China.
We had an opportunity to visit Taki san`s place in the beginning of this year and could experience japan pottery making. Mainly two courses are offered to visitors. One which use one`s own hands to shape the Japanese pottery and the other uses a pottery wheel to shape the japanese pottery. Pricing for standard course varies between 2000 to 2500 Japanese yen. Depending on the volume of material used, processing, colour etc, there could be variations in pricing. Taki san`s wife is helping him in the place and will give a good introduction of the whole process and course which will help us make a decision with better clarity about what we actually get to experience. Taki san will give instructions to create the japan pottery which will cost another 1000 japanese yen which is worth it.
Nimmy chose the course that apply pottery wheel when Jaelinova/Jaelinora was given the simpler process using the hands. Pottery wheel process, though it may appear so easy in videos, actual process, preparation etc are very difficult and requires a good amount of practice to get it right. With lot of patience and with the support from Taki san and wife, we finally shaped three cups. Sense of achievement that comes along a creation is great. That may be why pottery is linked to creation in holy books.
After we make the shapes, pottery needs to be in kiln where it is hardened and is ready for final finishing. This may take 1~3 months because potteries are put to kiln in batches to save the cost. It took almost 3 months for us to receive our cups.
If you are in Japan with family and is visiting Nasu area, this is a good place to visit and experience Japan pottery making with family.
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