Create Arita ceramics with your own hands
Experience both creating and paiting Arita style
Enjoy a traditional Japanese “kaiseki” meal
Spend a day in a real atelier with professionals
Your creation will be sent at your home!
About this activity
What's included, what's not
Send your artwork home afterwards (excluding shipping fees)
Transportation to the venue
What you can expect
The porcelain factory “Kouraku Kiln” was founded in 1865. The Brazilian artist Sebastiao Pimenta, who developed many researches between Brazil and China and has become enthusiastic about Aritaware, is in charge of the instruction during the workshop.
After arriving, we will guide you through a vast wooden factory building where the Arita elementary school gymnasium was located about 150 years ago, explaining the Arita porcelain process and various techniques. After that, in the “Pottery Studio”, we challenged the creation of a bowl using a professional electric wheel, a characteristic of Aritaware using porcelain clay (5kg). You can make as many as you like during the 90-minute period. The plates and utensils made by everyone are carefully finished by the craftsmen of Kouraku Kiln, and two pieces of the pottery wheel and two form the paint experience will be sent to you after they are fired. In the painting part, you will experience both “under glaze painting” and “over glaze painting”, which are characteristic of Aritaware, using the unglazed pots prepared here.
The pieces that you have painted are finished in the Kouraku kiln, and they will be sent to you at home after the firing process.
You can do it too! Would you like to challenge Aritaware craftsmanship with the unique over glaze painting technique of Aritaware.
Note: We will use professional pottery wheel in our experience for both, beginners and professional guests.
There are two types of painting:
1)Under glaze : you paint directly on the bisque ware using the blue and white pigment, than it is glazed and fired on high temperature
2) Over glaze : the paint is made using traditional Arita's style such as the Koimari and Kinrante, after the firing the piece is fired in a over glaze kiln in low temperature. Under glaze paint has only few colors and the blue is the most common one. Over glaze paint is more colorful including the use of gold.