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spring workshop in japan

updated sun 15 jan 12


Mike on sat 14 jan 12


I just wanted to let everyone know that there are still spots available
for the 2nd biannual Workshop in Taku: The Simple Teabowl, scheduled for
May 12 - 18, 2012.

This is a week long workshop dedicated to making and using teabowls and
other tea ware for the Japanese tea ceremony. To that end, we have three
potters and two tea instructors to present for the workshop.

Tsuruta Yoshihisa, Okamoto Sakurei, and Maruta Munehiko are all master
potters in the Karatsu tradition, and among the finest potters in Japan.
They very rarely present publicly and this is a rare opportunity to see
them working and presenting their techniques and ideas/opinions
regarding clay, glazes, and decoration as it applies to teabowls/tea
ware. Please see the following link for pictures of their work:

Okamoto Koichi and Kawakami Mako are both instructors in the Urasenke
school of tea. They will perform tea ceremony for everyone, and will
present their ideas regarding the choice and use of teabowls and other
tea objects.

If you have ever wanted to visit Japan and have an interest in clay
and/or tea, this is a rare opportunity not to be missed. For information
regarding the schedule, program, artists, fees, and other pertinent
information, please see the following website:

The first workshop in Taku had participants from the US, Canada, Hong
Kong, Australia, and Japan. It was a great week with a great group of
people. So far, for this second Workshop in Taku, we have participants
signed up from the US, Guam, Australia, New Zealand, and Japan. It is
shaping up to be another great international group!

If you have any additional questions/need more details, please don't
hesitate to contact me via email. Also, if you know of anyone who may be
interested in this event, please pass the word along...

Kindest regards,


in Taku, Japan

Workshop in Taku 2012: The Simple Teabowl, May 12 - 18