Nagoya to Magome
My shaky handiwork.
On my way to Magome, I stopped at Koubeigama, a ceramics studio and museum. It was very interesting to look at the shop and the little museum they have on the premises. I saw ceramics going for 1.5million yen! I just admired it from afar and didn’t dare to even breathe near it. Thank goodness for camera lens that can zoom from far. hehe
This picture doesn't do this piece justice. It's so gorgeous to look at.
Wood fired kiln, used twice a year. These are hard to come by now.
I also had the opportunity to participate in a ceramics class. I arrived all excited, not knowing what to expect. There was already a student in the class and the teacher welcomed me as well. We used electric wheels to shape the clay. At one point, it felt like the famous scene in Ghost, because the teacher’s hands were on top of mine guiding me. It was so much fun and I made a few different items. The teacher will fire one and post it to me when it’s ready. I can’t wait to see which one she chooses and the finished product.
Hibino-sensei's expert hands shaping the clay, giving me a demo.
After hanging out too long at the ceramics studio, I reluctantly left for my hotel, Onjuku Tsutaya. Just as well I left when I did because there was a traffic congestion that delayed me. I arrived to warm hospitality and a great dinner (as well as monopoly of the lounge wifi). More about the hotel tomorrow, I’m hitting the onsen after this.
Many friendly staff at Tsutaya.
The shy chef frying tempura while I act as the paparazzi.
Persimmons and capsicums.
Trying not to destroy the shape.
Photo taken by Hibino-sensei. I love it!