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5 days workshop at Touchstone Center for Crafts

  • Touchstone Center for Crafts 1049 Wharton Furnace Road Farmington, PA, 15437 United States (map)

Finding Beauty in Imperfection

Attend this hands-on workshop involving both the hand-building and throwing techniques Akira uses in the making of his tea ceremony bowls, teapots, water jars, ikebana vases, and sculptural objects. You will learn to create rich surfaces inspired by the natural world. Akira will demonstrate these techniques: 1) brushing kohiki slip on clay slabs and stretching the slabs to crack and distort the surfaces, 2) applying a coating of clay mixed with sand onto the surface of wheel-thrown pieces and then altering them, and 3) mixing air and other materials into the clay body and then tearing off the clay and/or cutting with a wire to create shapes.