We’re starting our new topic, “Experiencing Hyogo’s Art.” Today, we’re going to introduce Tamba-yaki, a style of pottery from the Tamba region.
Tamba Tachikui pottery is one of the six oldest potteries in
. The City of Japan in Hyogo is home to over 60 pottery makers with a history of over 800 years. Sasayama
Tamba-yaki is created using a climbing kiln. It is baked for 60 hours at a temperature of 1300°C. As a result, pine wood used to build the fire turns into ashes and covers part of the pottery. This gives unique designs to each pottery and is one of the biggest characteristics of Tamba-yaki pottery.Since the start, Tamba-yaki was mainly used as items for everyday use, so the simplicity of Tamba-yaki pottery is another major characteristic.
A Climbing Kiln Pottery Covered in Ashes
About Tamba-yaki http://www.tanbayaki.com/en.htm（English）
Tamba-yaki Pottery Spots
In Tamba-yaki Sue-no-Sato in Sasayama, there’s an area called Kamamoto Yokocho, where 57 pottery makers display their work. Visitors can purchase these items so it’s a popular place to take some time and go for a walk while looking for your favorite item. It’s also fun to compare the differences in style and color depending on the pottery makers.
Kamamoto-yokocho in Sue-no-sato Tamba Style Coffee Cup
Tamba-yaki Sue-no-Sato Spot Information
For those who want to experience making Tamba pottery, there are pottery classes available. Recently it’s been a very popular course. Beginners are welcome, so come and create your own original piece of pottery.
【Hours】 April-September 10am~4：30pm
October-March 10am~3：30 pm
Open Daily (Except Dec.29~Jan. 3)
【Info】 Pottery Making Large (plates, bowls etc) ￥1,500
Small (mug cup, rice bowls, etc.) ￥900
Painting a mug/ cup ￥600
Painting a plate ￥800
Potter’s Wheel (Only for people with pottery making experience)
【Time】 30~90 minutes.
The actual baking of pottery will be done by the professionals, so it will take about a month to a month and a half. There are bakers who are willing to send your artwork to countries outside of
(Shipping fee not included). Japan
Experiencing Pottery Making
Discover Hyogo “Zen and Pottery”
Located next to Sue-no-sato, is The Museum of Ceramic Art, Hyogo .The museum hosts many events related to pottery so don’t forget to stop by during your visit. Maybe taking some inspiration from the museum will help you when you make your own pottery.
Come and take a walk in this beautiful city, and experience the craftsmanship of Tamba-yaki and the history of Japanese culture.
The next issue is on “Tombodama glass art.” See you next time!