Ceramics: Tougei (Intermediate Level) with Emi Fujisawa

Five Week Creative Course

Photograph Emi Fujisawa


25 February 2023, 4, 11, 18, 25 March 2023


Please read our Booking Terms and Conditions below carefully before booking.

Download our Ceramic Studio Handbook for further details on our studio terms of use.

Who is this class suitable for?
Ages 16+

Participants should have some previous experience of ceramics, such as completion of a previous Tougei or dinnerware set making course. This course is suitable for those looking to advance their skills.

What will be covered in the class?

JDuring this 5 week course Emi will introduce you to varied methods based on  traditional Japanese ceramics techniques. This will include Kesyo, Nerikomi and Kurinuki techniques* on pinch pots, coiled pots and slabbed pieces.You will produce functional and artistic works based on your own project.

Functional items such as tableware, jugs, vases and three-dimensional works can be made during classes.

The emphasis of Tougei classes is learning in a fun and sociable environment, with each individual working at their own pace doing what they enjoy most. Students are encouraged to investigate new ideas, techniques and the work of contemporary and historical makers if they are so inclined.

Week 1
Japanese Kesyou technique:  Decorating and carving surface using colour slips and carving tools.

Week 2
Japanese Nerikomi technique: a decorative process  that involves stacking colored clay and then slicing through the cross section to reveal a pattern, which can then be used as an applied decoration.

Week 3
Kurinuki technique: making pottery from carving away from a single block of clay.

Week 4
Nerikomi technique continued.

Week 5
Finishing glazing – Experience of the throwing wheel (optional).

What will students leave the class with?
You leave with a good foundation of traditional Japanese hand building techniques, as well as glazes and glazing techniques to build upon in the future.

What will I need to bring?
All materials are included. You may wish to bring a sketchbook to draw designs and make notes. Aprons or coveralls should be worn at all times, along with hair-ties and closed-toe shoes.

Ceramics Studio (Ground floor with raised tables, narrow doorways).

In an effort to make our site more environmentally friendly, we ask that students respect our wishes to reduce the amount of uncollected / unwanted work at the end of term.

Emi Fujisawa is a Japanese textile and ceramic artist/designer. Her personal work is mainly focused on making vases and Japanese matcha bowls using her own glazes made with natural materials.

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* We offer a limited number of spaces on each course at a 30% discount for those in receipt of income support such as Universal Credit and Carers Allowance. Please contact us directly for to obtain a discount code to apply at checkout. (Proof of eligibility required).
Booking Terms and Conditions
Completing your booking with Milton Keynes Arts Centre signifies your agreement to the below terms of Refunds and Cancellation. All profits support our annual programme of exhibitions, events and charitable outreach projects.

Bookings are non-refundable and only transferable at the discretion of Milton Keynes Arts Centre. Any workshops that you are unable to attend cannot be refunded and cannot be reallocated.

Courses may be rescheduled/cancelled by Milton Keynes Arts Centre if the minimum number of required students is not met. Notification of a possible reschedule/cancellation will be sent to students three-working days before the first workshop of the term, in this instance only will refunds be issued in full if a course is rescheduled/cancelled.
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