The craftsman of "Asahiyaki" teaches.Tsuchi Twist Experience

Tsuchi Twist Experience
Tsuchi Twist Experience
Tsuchi Twist Experience
Tsuchi Twist Experience

MBS "KYOTO CHISHIN" (Kansai local) 2017.01.22 #39

Housai Matsubayashi


※Japanese version only

Where we'll be

Asahiyaki Kobo Sutokan

11, Ujiyamada, Uji City, Kyoto Prefecture

It originated in Uji where tea culture took root during the Keicho era (1596 ~ 1615) "Asahiyaki". It has been handed down by craftsmen for more than 400 years. The soil used is of course from Uji. Because it needs to be matured for more than 50 years, the soil used today is said to have been dug up by a predecessor. Why don't you feel the history of Uji with your eyes and hands?

Contents of Experience

Many people may imagine an electric grate, but this time around, they will try to knead the soil to make a tea cup, a small bowl, etc. "Tsuchi Twist Experience". It is interesting to see the individual characteristics of the work that you design freely as you like! The craftsman will teach you the basics perfectly, so don't worry.

  1. To Kobo Sutokan

    To Kobo Sutokan

    The experience space is located at the back of the workshop where the craftsmen are actually working. Once you step into the studio, you will find a large kiln to burn Asahi ware, and there are only a few pieces! Are you going to make this now It makes me excited.

  2. Listen to the craftsman's explanation

    Listen to the craftsman's explanation

    First of all, the craftsman explains the flow of the experience. The person who taught me this time is Masakazu Yoshida who has worked as a craftsman for 13 years. They will teach you each and every step of the process, so even beginners can do it with ease.

  3. To choose a model

    Once you've learned how to make it, go ahead and choose your mold. The dishes are easy for beginners to make, the teacups have strong curves so they are a bit difficult, and the green tea bowls that only Uji can make. The depth and the design of the edge are slightly different. Choose from dozens of different types.

  4. Smooth out the soil and cover the mold.

    After selecting the mold, smooth out the flat surface of the soil and place it on the mold on the wheel. If you put it again and again, the surface of the soil will be damaged, so don't hesitate to put it once and cut it. Then, use your palm to gently follow the mold.

  5. Cut off the excess part.

    Cut off the excess part.

    When the mold is completely covered with soil, cut off the excess part. While turning the turntable, use a pick about 1cm below the mold, then insert the wire horizontally and straighten it all at once. IF WE DO A GOOD CIRCLE, WE'LL BE BACK IN THE SAME POSITION...! It is important not to move the wire and not to move it.

  6. To mark the position of a leg

    Next, we will make the legs to support the chawan and the plate. In the case of a chawan, the standard size is about 1/3 of the size of the mouth and about half of the size of the plate. First, mark the approximate position with the tip of a bamboo skewer. If you turn the potter's wheel a little earlier and place a bamboo skewer gently, a circle will be drawn naturally.

  7. To put on one's legs

    Lengthen the soil that was cut earlier and put water on the circle drawn earlier instead of glue. I like the height because I can choose the height. If you like, you can double it. If you straighten the edge of the teacup and straighten it with wire, the legging is done.

  8. decorate freely

    Let's decorate the body with legs. You can also use a bamboo skewer to create a pattern or create a simple work without doing anything! Please make a wonderful work if you like.

  9. Remove it from the mold and adjust the mouth.

    When it's done, flip it over and remove from the mold. Let's correct the scratch inside by tracing it with your finger. Finally, fix the mouth with your finger and smooth it out with a file.

  10. Finished

    This is the end of the soil twisting work. The actual completion of the work will take about a month, and the dried and baked pieces will be delivered to your home. I'm excited while waiting.

  11. The gallery is also a must-see.

    You will definitely want to see the gallery shop that has items of Asahiyaki. It is a perfect location with a 3 minute walk from the studio overlooking the Uji-gawa River. You will surely be captivated by the beautiful Asahiyaki items arranged in a tasteful manner.

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  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験
  • 土ひねり体験
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More Information.

Name of the activity
Sat twist experience (One Point)
3,850 yen (Tax included)
Time required
60 to 90 minutes
Number of admissions
1 ~ 20 persons * 5 years or older
What to bring
Available in English

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"Asahiyaki" A word from Toshiyuki Matsubayashi, a craftsman.

  1. The ceramic art class started more than 65 years ago. After the war, when there was little entertainment, local volunteers gathered at the pottery and said, "I want to enjoy pottery.".Asahiyaki has developed with tea culture. It's a very Uji experience where you can feel tea, so please try it. I think you can also enjoy the route to the workshop with famous shrines and tea houses.

Where is Toshiyuki Matsubayashi favorite place...?

Sabo kunugi

My recommendation is the "Sabo kunugi" which is about 5 minutes walk from the workshop. They have a sweet menu as well as meals, and you can use it in various situations. The wonderful view from the window overlooking the Uji-gawa River! I spend my relaxing time watching the Uji-gawa River flowing slowly.

Sabo kunugi0774-22-7140
66 -4 Uji-Mataburi, Uji City
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