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Japanese Clay Techniques: Ceramic Slab & Hand Building

  • COMMUNE 901 Bourke Street Waterloo, NSW, 2017 Australia (map)


In this hands-on workshop for Sydney Craft Week, you'll learn to make simple plates, dishes, bowls and planters using slump molds and slabs, without a slab roller! 

Using Japanese techniques and methods you can mimic at home or in your studio, this hands-on workshop will show you how to make slabs efficiently using handmade tools and jigs; proving you don’t need a wheel or slab roller to make beautiful ceramics.

After the workshop, your pieces will be bisque fired and glaze fired back at the Mukumono Ceramics Studio and ready to be collected in 2 to 3 weeks at COMMUNE.

What you’ll learn:

- How to craft your own slab-building tools and subsequently use them to build clay slabs
- Basic wedging technique
- How to make a simple slump mould using found objects (by demonstration)
- How to make small dishes, bowls, cups, using slump molds and slabs

What you’ll get:

- A selection of pieces you have made yourself using Japanese techniques
- The use of our tools and equipment including wire, small buckets, wooden dowels, jigs, plaster, 5kg of stoneware clay and banning wheels

What to bring:

- Towel and/or apron (to wipe hands)



About the teacher:

Ion Fukazawa the maker behind Mukumono Ceramics is a Sydney based designer who grew up in both Sydney and Tokyo. He graduated from the UNSW Arts and Design with a Bachelor of Design in ceramics in 2014. Ion also studied conceptual and experimental design at the Utrecht School of Arts in the Netherlands. After graduating he was awarded an Australia Council ArtStart Grant and returned to Japan to undertake a traditional ceramics residency in Seto. The outcomes of this research inform MUKUMONO, launched in 2015. Now, Mukumono Ceramics is a familiar label in restaurants such as Ester, Six Penny, Lumi Dining, boutique shops, and households around Australia.

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