What you'll do
First I explain a little about what is special about “Akahada-yaki”. Then I hand over the raw clay to guests for appreciation and touching.Imagine this clay will be given life and become a work in your daily life! Have in your mind a image of your own design. Eg. If you participate with your partner, making same teacups for each other might be a memorable experience! I will also advise for your design from easiness of making or solidity in use. When design is finished, then we start building and shaping by wheel throwing. (See my demonstration!) It’s really a fun to turn a wheel! You can either concentrate in your work, or get more inspiration watching at my works in the gallery. Final step is to scrape and write your name at the bottom of your work. That’s how it works! And let’s have a tea break and Japanese sweet over imagining the finished condition of your work. I will keep your work and bake it within 2 months, and elaborately and duly pack it for international shipment. (International shipment cost will be additionally paid at the class. For some countries shipment may not be possible, please ask.)
Nara has its own traditional local pottery, and the most popular pottery class is now introduced on Airbnb! Akahada-yaki is one of the traditional pottery started in 16c by the order of Lord Toyotomi, using clay from Mt.Akahada of Nara. Amazing thing is I myself go and take the clay, and use it in our class! Akahada-yaki's most beautiful feature is the reddish color of unglazed part of the pottery! I am one of the descendants of the ancient pottery family, and devoted my 30yrs’ life in to pottery alone! Why not enjoy together making your only one Akahada-yaki work at my atelier& gallery?
About the organization
Nara Wellness Tourism (Wellness Inbound Association) is a non-profit organization providing private tourist, families, corporate retreats, etc. with unique and detailed (not touristy) experiences of Nara. https://www.gonarastay.com/ They help Nara-based shrines, temples, ryokans, stores, and individuals, etc. to be recognized globally.
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to ウェルネスインバウンド協会.
Please choose from either black tea or coffee, or tapioca drink.
Apron, towel (if you need)
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Where you'll be
My atelier is just one minute walk from Kintetsu Nara station. My recommendation of your day plan is to first visit Todaiji and Nara park, and spend your afternoon here. You can appreciate my works in the gallery, or relax at the first floor café (famous for Tapioca drinks) before or after the class. Nara’s sightseeing info is also available in the café. The 3 word address is ///betrayed.vets.gravy https://map.what3words.com/betrayed.vets.gravy
Things to keep in mind
Any experience can be canceled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase.
Always communicate through Airbnb. To protect your payment, never transfer money or communicate outside of the Airbnb website or app.
Up to 8 guests ages 3 and up can attend. Parents may also bring children under 2 years of age. My atelier is on the 2nd floor with no lifts, therefore it is not barrier-free for access.
You’ll need to take a picture of yourself that matches the photo on your ID. This is so Airbnb can confirm who’s actually going on the experience. You’ll only have to do this once.
If you would like our international shipment of your completed pottery, please check with us the cost and delivery acceptability by country.
Pottery w/ local rare clay in Nara