Pottery Tableware Gallery

Tea Ceremony Bowl Gallery

Today, making “Tea Ceremony” bowls are popular item for pottery school students.
A tea bowl was imported from China in the 16th century as a rice bowl which was known as Tenmoku.

They were the preferred tea bowl for the Japanese tea ceremony up until the 16th century.
With the rise of the wabi tea ceremony in the late Muromachi (1336–1573), Korean Ido chawan bowls also became highly prized because of their rough simplicity.

Japanese Tea pot and Tea Things Gallery

A Japanese teapot is most difficult pottery one to make. There are so many components involved such as lid, handle, mouse and main body etc.,

Here’s some my works of Japanese teapots.

Mugcup and tea cup Gallery

The basic pottery item of mugcups and teacup.

If is fun to draw under glaze painting.

Slab Building Gallery | It’s fun to make pottery works with the slab building techniques for the all skill level.

Slub Building Object

With the slab building technique, unique shapes of object could make. Here’s some of my works.

I had a ball making these objects such as “Hina” dolls or small cabins.

Slab Bulding Plate

The slab building technique is also the best method for making simple items such as plate.
The benefit of this method requires only few tools,

If a person knows how to make a slab with cray. Any objects can be make.


Please check my YouTube videos. Over 140 videos show you how to make them.

Note: This software does not allow me to switch multi languages.

Pottery Necklace Gallarey | Self-made only-one gift for your better half

Necklace made with a cray

As I shown on the YouTube video, we made a necklace with the pottery cray.
If necklace parts are made with pottery cray, that will cause for the stiff neck for the person who ware it.
Therefore, the cray balls should be made as lighter as possible as its could. A dye was made with small toy rubber balls with using the plaster. In this way, we can make the necklace ball of the cavity.

With this method, we can make wall as thinner as few millimeters. After making a thin cray slab and use the dye to make hollow balls. Three sizes of the cray ball were made.
After the fire, the final necklace assembly were done by my pottery class mate Yokko-san.

Final necklace work after the fire

With this method, we can make wall as thinner as few millimeters. After making a thin cray slab and use the dye to make hollow balls. Three sizes of the cray ball were made.
After the fire, the final necklace assembly were done by my pottery class mate Yokko-san.

Three balls are used with this necklace. “Seiji” blue, “Kuro-tenmoku” black glaze, and “Nyuhaku” a milky white glaze
The black ball in the center has many holes on it. I remove a lot of cray by the drill bit to further reduce the weight.

Final necklace works Gallery after the fire

Hints on the fire

Glaze was applied on the entire parts which creates a problem on how to fire. They can’t fire on the kiln shelves.

An ordinarily metal wire will melt down with the high-temperature of 1300 degree in centigrade. Thus, a special kiln wire must be use. A high-temperature resistance wire is sold in pottery shop. It is not too expensive. In Japan, about 30cm length of the wire is sold under 5oo yen (about 4 U.S. dollar).

I suggest that three “tsuku” is used to bridge and support the weight so that the wire does not bent by the heat.

Also, you’d better off coat the wire with alumina, this will enable you to remove the part from the wire easily even if it would be attached to the wire by melting glaze.


The technical part of how to make a plaster dye and cray balls are not explained in this article.

Please watch my YouTube video. Access to YouTube Make a Pottery Neckless

Good Luck!

Hinamatsuri (The Festival of Dolls on the Gairl’s day )| Pottery Hinamatsuri Dolls

In Japan, we have some unique holidays such as “Girls Day” on March 3rd and the “Chidrens Day on May 5th.

Girl’s Day

The Girls day is on March 3rd. We have several names to call this day, Hina-matsuri, Momono-sekku.
Hina-matsuri is the Festival of Dolls. Hina means “Doll” and Matsuri means “Festival.

Most of families with young girls will celebrate the health and happiness of girls. It is a special day for girls as well as all family members.

How we celebrate this joyful day

On this day, families display special dolls known as Hina-ningyo on Hina-Matsuri.

The Hina-ningyo dolls used to be placed on a several tiered like descending stairs in old days. Most of the families have their own family “Ohinasama” set and this will be passed onto the next generation of the family as a family treasure.

The dolls depict the imperial court. Hina Ningyo represents the Emperor, Empress, their servants, court ladies, musicians, ministers, etc. A set of dolls includes the Emperor, the Empress, three court ladies, five court musicians, the minister of the left, the minister of the right and three servants.

There many rules to display dolls, for example, the Emperor is positioned to the left and Empress is right side (view from the front of display).

In Kyoto, the position of the Emperor and The Empress is in reversed position.

Today, the doll sets are smaller with fewer dolls. A smaller set of Hina dolls are suitable for small modern houses. There is another reason for it, purchase a whole of the Hina-ningyo set costs fortune. Younger couple does not see value to have such extravagant dolls.

In general, customarily a Hina dolls set will be presented by the grand parent of the mother’s side.

What a family would do on the Girl’s Day

Displaying Hira dolls is the major event of this day.
Besides of this, special meals are prepared. Chirashi-zushi, Hishimochi, Hina Arare and so on.

Chirashi-zushi is a kind of sushi with many scattered toppings such as salmon roe and sashimi on vinegar rice.
Modern families celebrate the day by eating spring like sushi-dishes and create a Hina-matsuri inspired cakes.
Hishimochi are diamond-shaped rice cakes and their colors are pink, white and green Hishimochi, Shirozake (rice wine) and peach flowers are displayed together.

Hishimochi is a rice cake colored in pink, white and green and it is prepared only for Hina-Matsuri.
Today, we eat traditional dishes like Scattered sushi(chirashi-sushi), clam soup, sweet white sake(Shirozake), rise cookie (Hina Arare) and diamond-shaped rice cakes(Hishimochi) for the Doll’s Festival.

Some families have a small party by inviting their daughter’s friends usually girls and eat special meals and sing a Hinamatsuri song.

Some other rules

The dolls are usually set up at around Imbolc day, or sometime by 24th of February.

It is said that Hina ningyo take away the bad luck of girls who own them.
People put away Hina Ningyo as soon as Hinamatsuri is over.

It is believed that if people put away Hina Ningyo too late, the girl will get married late in the future.

There no certain day to put away Hina-dolls. It varies by location and area. Some say March 6th is the day. Only one thing is clear, Japanese family does not display the Hina-dolls throughout of the year.

Ohina-dolls after the fire

Mainking “Ohinasama” dolls are very popular in our pottery class. The pictures in this article is dolls made by myself or classmates.


Blue and White Pottery |Under glaze painting (Sometsuke) Works Gallery

What is the “Somesuke” Blue and White Pottery

“Blue and white pottery” (Japanese: 染付 sometsuke, Chinese: 青花; pinyin: ; literally: “Blue flowers”) covers a wide range of white pottery and porcelain decorated under the glaze with a blue pigment, generally cobalt oxide.

The decoration is commonly applied by hand, originally by brush painting, but nowadays by stencilling or by transfer-printing, though other methods of application have also been used.

Sometsuke Dish

Sometsuke Flower Vase

Sometsuke Tea Cup