Japan | the OntaYaki pottery village

This is the last post about Japan. It feels like ages ago since I traveled there, but it has only been a month. Where does the time go?

It was on the third day of our wabisabi workshop, when we went on a neighboring village excursion. We travelled all together, in a small van. We drove through the rural countryside for about an hour. It was a cloudy and rainy day, that produced a mysterious mist hanging over the tree tops. It looked amazing so we all shot away with our cameras, hanging out the windows (well ok, at least the lenses where peaking out) from the driving van. I'm sure that looked really funny from the outside. 

The village we went to is called Koishibara and the people of the village are specialized in Ontayaki, a traditional pottery making method. The first thing we noticed and after hearing the "thumb-thumb" sound, where the ancient style water-powered wooden hammers whacking away at piles of yellow clay. The village consists of ten families, all with their large houses and all with their own kilns.

All pottery there is produced in ancient ways. The water-powered hammers prepare the clay. The clay is then watered by hand and readied for the potter's wheel where the shapes of the plates, cups and bowls are formed by hand while the wheel is driven by the potters' feet. 

This village was amazing to get lost in. And if you are a ceramics fan like me, you will love all the little shops filled with Ontayaki ceramics. Swoon.