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Kochi printing experience taught by traditional craftspeople of KYOYAKI and KIYOMIZUYAKI pottery at "Koshunkama" KYOYAKI・KIYOMIZUYAKI Kochi painting

MBS "KYOTO CHISHIN" (Kansai local)2018.07.22 OA#111

Koshunkama 

Shinichi Takashima

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Contents of Experience

Ceramics colored with the "kochi" technique make the dining table appear brighter. You can experience painting tea cups and tea bowls at the workshop of Mr. Shinichi Takashima, the owner of Koshunkama. This time, the newscaster Maiko Matsumoto will take the challenge! Ms. Matsumoto is used to handling brushes as calligraphy is her hobby... What will she make?

Reporter
Maiko Matsumoto
(MBS)

  1. STEP1

    You will experience the workshop where Mr. Takashima usually works. Pottery and tools in use are lined up, it feels exciting. You can borrow working clothes before the class, so you can come in casual clothing.

  2. STEP2

    First, choose the pattern and shape of the vessel to be painted. Try holding it as it is important to find one that fits your hand! Ms. Matsumoto is attracted to the gourd-shaped pattern and selects a tea cup. Six gourd strings is a good sound that stands for "no sickness and disaster" which augurs good luck!

  3. STEP3

    There are seven colors you can choose from. First decide on the base color, then pick a color for the handle. Based on Ms. Takashima's advice that "Yellow and light blue are easy to paint for the first time", we choose yellow as the base color!

  4. STEP4

    After deciding on the colors, it is time to start painting the pattern. The string of the gourd was thin and it jutted a bit! said Ms. Matsumoto. But it's okay. Even if you protrude or smudge, you can fix it quickly by adding water to the brush.

  5. STEP5

    After the pattern, you will start coloring the base. It is difficult to paint in a certain direction so that unevenness does not appear, Ms. Matsumoto is also deeply focused. The unusual feeling of mental unification might be addictive.

  6. STEP6 

    Finally you finish the rim at the bottom, then add your signature at the base. Adding the date of your trial class, your name, or even a picture is also fine! I was so focused that I forgot to breathe, but I let out a sigh of relief when I add my signature. It is done!

  7. STEP7 

    The painting is completed! After having the final touches put at the workshop, it will be sent to your house in one to two weeks. Ms. Matsumoto is impressed that "craftspeople are amazing", while Mr. Takashima says "You were so good, I was about to recruit you for my workshop". The experience ended in a peaceful mood.

Name of the activity
Kochi painting experience
Price
5,000 yen (tax included)
Time required
2 hours
Number of admissions
2~10 people
What to bring
Nothing in particular
Others
English service available; Children aged 6 and above

Access

Koshunkama
615-0953 Kyoto City, Higashiyama-ku, Imagumano Minamihiyoshicho 148
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Mr. Shinichi Takashima's favorite place is...?

Baikodo

Walking down from Koshunkama along Higashioji street, you'll find a place called Baikodo. I've been passing by this sweets place for 40 years since I was a child and the taste of it's soft-serve ice cream (200yen for a take-out) has never changed. I always look forward to meeting the friendly hostess too.

Baikodo075-561-3256
Kyoto City, Higashiyama-ku, Imagumano Hozocho 6