Japanese Tea Bowls and Noborigama Firing

October 13 - October 20, 2024

Japanese Tea Bowls and Noborigama Firing


Details Fee Breakdown:
Tuition: $1400
Material Fee: $250

Join us for this special week working with Shigaraki Master Potter Shiro Otani in which you will learn all about the compositional elements and nuances of making ‘Chawan’ (tea bowls) including Tea Culture and Aesthetics. Plan on bringing a selection of bisque fired work in addition to tea bowls you will make in class. Participants will learn how to make tea bowls, glaze, load & fire work in the Noborigama wood kiln choosing from both the wood and soda chambers. Learn how to optimize shaping, glazing, wadding and positioning to amplify atmospheric effects on ceramic forms and how to fire “Julia” our beautiful kiln. We will make a special trip to NYC and visit the Urasenke Chanoyu Center for an authentic tea ceremony together. Transportation arrangements and costs are not included and will be planned with the group during the workshop. While the kiln is cooling participants will have the opportunity to work in the studio with Otani-san, a generous soul and master ceramist who will provide an incredible opportunity learn from his experience as a prominent ceramist and explore Japanese aesthetics and tea culture.The kiln will be unloaded on Sunday morning.

Workshops run from 9:00am to 5:00pm each day
NOTE: Our Dining Hall is closed for the season so lunches are NOT included. 

Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Workshop Levels

Definitions of Skill Levels for Workshops

  • Beginner and Beyond: Introductory level course that presents basic knowledge of tools, materials and techniques and is geared towards first timers or those who want to improve and expand their technique. It takes time to build skills.
  • Advanced Beginner and Beyond: Instruction that assumes some familiarity with tools, materials and equipment. Includes reviews and builds on basic skill sets, allows for those with more experience to work at their own pace. Further development of fundamentals, participants have had at least one class or equivalent with professional instruction.
  • Intermediate: Course content that assumes a working knowledge of basic studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored. Participants feel comfortable in the studio setting.
  • Intermediate to Advanced: Course content that requires a proficient working knowledge of studio tools, materials and equipment necessary to accomplish the projects and techniques to be explored in class.
  • Advanced: Assumes proficiency and advanced working knowledge of materials and studio tools and equipment so that the focus is on artistic narrative and/or technical development.
Ages: Adult



Shiro Otani

Born in Shigaraki, Japan in 1936, Mr. Otani grew up in the midst of that pottery town’s famous artists, studios, and kilns. In 1960, he undertook studies at Kyoto Craft Institution where he studied under Kyubei Kiyomizu and others. A member of the Shigaraki Cultural Council, Shiro has spent more than fifty years advocating on behalf of Japanese ceramics and creating many opportunities for artists from around the world to engage with the potters of Shigaraki. He has taught at many schools including SUNY New Paltz in New York and Oregon School of Fine Arts and Crafts. Mr. Otani is best known in the United States for designing and building the anagama kiln at Arrowmont in Tennessee. While there, he was awarded honorary citizenship both in the State of Tennessee and in Knoxville.

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