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Workshop on 17 and 18 augustus 2019

During my trip to Japan last October 2018, I met two Master potters in their own studio and home towns. Ken Matzusaki from Mashiko and Mr. Kyoshitsu Sasaki in Kyoto.

Both potters were very friendly to show us their studio, kilns and their work.

Mr. Kyoshitsu Sasaki and I kept in contact and he is willing to come to The Netherlands and give a workshop here in the technique of Kurinuki.          

Kurinuki means emptying the inner-side of a pot. It is a very old Japanese traditional way of working with clay.

You start of with a block of clay which you will work on with tools to empty the pot of clay and by therefore the Chawan will become thinner and lighter.
This approach is also seen as a Zen meditation kind of working process.

During the weekend a Japanese translator assists him called Nessim Cohen.

About Mr. Kyoshitsu Sasaki

Mr. Sasaki is the third generation of his potter family to practice the Kurinuki and Raku firing Chawans. His first name has been given by the a Monk; Kyoshitsu means in Japanese empty room but in Buddhism it is not really empty like in something to fill but more that someone has reached finally emptiness. To receive such a title in Japan is highly respected.

In his gasoven, he can fire only five of his handmade Chawan each time. About the whole process he will show us the way of progress of work by Powerpoint presentation.

 The weekend workshop will take place during a Saturday and a Sunday, 17 and 18 augustus 2019.

For more information, send me an email on