焼物 (Yakimono)

On my last week at the office, I got to go have one more cultural experience!

Room 2: You can kind of see the scenery through the windows, too. It was a really nice place :3

Yakimono = pottery or ceramics. I thought it was food at first (ie, yakitori=chicken so yakimono=”cooked stuff”? It’s spelled that way: 焼物。In the end, it’s true, though, right? You put the clay in an oven). I asked if I could take a few pictures afterword, and then my instructor actually gave me a short tour! I don’t have a lot to say about the actual experience, because it was over pretty fast, but I really liked the atmosphere of that place a lot. I liked how there were wooden shelves everywhere with lots of pottery on them, and how everything was made of wood or clay.

Room 1: My workstation. The dark clay is the two cups that I tried to make, haha. My instructor helped me, too.
Room 2: The left side of the same room you saw in the first picture.
These look so cleanly done! Ours were done by hand (no spinning wheel or anything), so they were kind of bumpy.

There are several rooms in the yakimono place. The table where we were making pottery was in the first room; the 1st & 3rd pics are in the second room; now on to the third room!

These cups were made and then marked with an inkan, which is like a Japanese stamp with one’s name on it.
3rd room: The white pitchers were made in whatever way the ceramists wanted! I think my instructor was saying something about how you can understand people’s different feelings/understand them by their designs. I might be remembering that wrong, but I also wonder if that’s kind of a theme in Japanese traditional arts.
4th room: This is the view from the kiln room, looking back toward the 2nd & 3rd rooms.

After making pottery, we sat down at our work table and had coffee with milk and sugar^^ Ahhh, I love it^^ I want to go backね~~

My instructor is standing on the outside, and us two on the outside were making bowls/cups! I made two cups and a plate; he made a bowl for ramen. You can actually see my plate in this picture, as well as the chopsticks stands that I helped make! We didn’t take our creations home right away–I think they’re going to possibly used for something, but I can’t remember what^^;

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