I Started Pottery Lessons Today

Greetings from Kyoto

I asked one of the ceramic artisans I work with if he could teach me how to do pottery and he kindly agreed. I want to try making some prototype products for Murasaki, even though I wouldn’t do the actual production. So, I started today with the most basic techniques — tebineri (手びねり), or hand formation. This is the technique where clay is rolled into rope-like pieces and then coiled into shape.

I was supposed to make a tea cup but it just got bigger and bigger until I realized it was really a flower vase. Next week I will work on it some more and maybe shave down the walls thinner. It has to dry a bit first.

I don’t like it at all but I guess I have to start somewhere!

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