Entering the world of ceramics ”for no particular reason”
”Fujisawa-yaki” is created by putting the pottery into ”anagama” for several days, burning red pine continuously. Its characteristic color is a result of the red pine ash which gets attached to the pieces during the firing process and melts. That makes the special color. It creates a strong impression and presence by the texture of the clay and the simple but strong form.
Experiencing freedom, Noyaki Festival
Honma is also involved in ”Art of clay and fire, Fujisawa Noyaki Festival”. Long time ago, similar to how the indigenous people made clay pots, the festival features burning pottery in an open fire. The participants are not professional artists but general people from kindergarten children to the elderly. They place the pieces made of clay in a hole, and make a fire on top of it. They keep burning for 6-8 hours and the pieces are finished by firing in the remains of the fire.
Experience making a pot with kick wheel
We moved to the studio to experience pot making. Honma uses local clay as well as clay from Kuji from the coastline. He showed us both. ”The color of the clay can be so different!” exclaimed Nakata with surprise seeing such different colors. Of course the character of the clay is also different. Sometimes he mixes these.
- Fujisawayaki Funkobokugama
- Fujisawa-cho, Ichinoseki, Iwate Prefecture
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