Introduction to Japanese pottery with Rie Tsuruta

Pottery and ceramics

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About this course

Discover how to make Japanese tableware. You will learn simple techniques to create rectangular dishes by Tebineri (coiling) and/or a tea bowl by Tamatsukuri (pinching).

Course Description

This practical one-day course provides an exciting hands-on introduction to Japanese pottery techniques.

You will discover how to make Japanese tableware. You learn some simple techniques to create organic shape dishes by Tataratsukuri (slab making) and a tea bowl by Tamatsukuri (pinching). Each piece will be decorated by Japanese brush drawing or slip decoration techniques, such as Hakeme and Katagami. By doing this course you will learn the basic Tebineri (Japanese hand building) techniques which can be developed and used for more advanced pieces of your own.

After the course the pots will need to be dried out, biscuit fired, glazed and then fired again. You can either enrol on a glazing day (see details in the course search) if you would like to glaze your own pots, or your pots can be glazed for you at the College. In both cases you will be contacted when your pots have been glazed fired and are ready for collection.


Timetable for one day courses

Students should arrive by 9am for registration.

Classes are from 9.15 - 5pm

Lunch is included.

Course Materials


  • All the materials and tools will be supplied for the course including: all clay, glazing and firing costs.

What students need to bring

  • Work apron – preferably cotton
  • Recommended reading:
  • The Japanese Pottery Handbook by Penny Simpson (Kodansha International) (not essential).
  • Acquaint yourself with the tutor's profile on the West Dean College website.
Firing and glazing options: 1. Leave any raw, finished pieces that you wish to keep, for biscuit firing, basic glazing and re-firing by the College, for collection within six months. 2. Leave raw, finished pieces for biscuit firing at the College. You can then book a place on a Glazing Day and glaze your own work (allowing four weeks for your work to be biscuit fired). This work will be re-fired after glazing and available for collection within six months. 3. Take away your unfired pots for firing and glazing elsewhere. Please wear appropriate clothing/aprons for the workshop or studio, this includes stout covered footwear i.e. no open-toes or sandals.


Rie Tsuruta

Rie Tsuruta studied at the University of Brighton and the Royal College of Art. Her own work is made to be held, felt and used in the centre of people's lives, and to provoke a sense of intimacy and awareness of touch. She has exhibited at Flow Gallery, London, Ceramic Art London and was shortlisted for the 2014 British Ceramic Biennial FRESH Award.

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