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Pottery Trial Class and Leather Craft Class

at Ginza Jiyu Kobo

Pottery class

You can try and enjoy pottery art at Ginza Jiyu Kobo, located center of Ginza, very convenient place!

 Japanese pottery, Togei, one of the oldest art forms, dates back to the Neolithic period (11th Century, BC), when the earliest soft earthenware was coil-made, decorated by hand-impressed rope patterns (Jomon ware), and fired in the open air. It is saying Jomon ware is among the earliest in the world, according to archaeological evidence.

Also Japanese pottery have a deep connection with Chanoyu (Japanese tea ceremony) since 16th century.

At Ginza Jiyu Kobo, you can try to make your own pottery by hand-building, like coil-made (Himo Tsukuri) and plate –like-made (Tatara) and also making with a wheel. Please come visit us and enjoy ‘Togei’!

One-day Pottery Trial Course (in English / Japanese) – hand building only.

 Date & Time

Two -three hours (depends on the works) between 10:00am – 9:00pm (weekday) and 10:00am – 8:00pm (Sat & Sun)

Fees and payment

Yen 3,240 per person • Please pay by cash in Japanese Yen when you come to Ginza Jiyu Kobo on your trial course day. *Credit card is not acceptable.

*This includes everything, except shipping fees. You do not need to pay extra firing fee, or the cost is not based on the work’s size, so you can try big sized works.

Others

 No overseas shipping service •

 ●You can make anything you want using clay with 800g. Not just one, you can make as many as you would like! Top 3 popular works for foreign peoples are;

1) Maccha bowl (bowl for tea ceremony) – need about 400g of clay

 2) Sake decanter (tokkuri) - need 500g, and sake cup (sakazuki) - need 100g

 3) Dolls and decorative figurines, such as dog and Ksitigarbha - 400g •

 ●You can choose glazes (color) from more than 10 glazes.

 ● Class Hours - everyday

Two - three hours (depends the works) between 10:00am – 9:00pm (weekday) and 10:00am – 8:00pm (Sat & Sun)

 •●Fees and payment

Yen 3,240 per person

Please pay by cash in Japanese Yen when you visit us at Ginza Jiyu Kobo on your trial course day. *Credit card is not acceptable.

 *This includes everything, except shipping fees. You do not need to pay extra firing fee, or the cost is not based on the work’s size, so you can try big sized works.

Attention

1) Your works – can not pick up right after the lesson, take two months

Usually it takes about two months to complete the work (please see below). So, please note, you can not pick up your works right after your trial lesson.

**Steps for the firing**

 Make your own works → Sculpting → dry them for 1-2 months → biscuit firing → ceramic glaze → Firing → Finish!

2) Shipping for overseas customers – not available

 It will cost over USD100 by courier sometime, we have no shipping service to overseas customers, unfortunately. We can send only the pix of your finished works to your email address.

For overseas shipping, please refer to the below examples and please arrange by yourself.

Case 1: Visit Japan (Jiyu Kobo) again and pick up by yourself. Or your friend who visit Japan picks up your works at Ginza Jiyu Kobo. *Usually we keep your works for 6 months for a maximum, but we can keep your works for a maximum of 1 year if you let us know the visiting date in advance.

 Case2: Ask your friend who lives in Japan to send, or ask your tour agent to help. *In this case please decide the shipping way, etc. between you and your friend/agent.

Case 3: Give your works to somebody (like your friend in Japan, etc.) as a gift. *in this case the person who is given needs to visit us within 6 months.

 If you are thinking to visit Japan and try Togei at Jiyu Kobo, and if you are planning to stay in Japan more than two weeks, we can fire your works in 10 days at the earliest. Then you can pick up your works during your stay! Please contact us by email on this.

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