‘Tougei’ is ceramic in Japanese.
The Tougei course will introduce the various methods based on Japanese ceramic techniques of using clay to produce functional and artistic works based on their own project. This will include Japanese traditional Kesyo, Nerikomi, and Kurinuki techniques on pinch pots, coiled pots, and slabbed pieces.
Students with some previous experience in ceramics making will have an opportunity to build upon their skills already developed. Tougei classes emphasise learning in a calm and friendly 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.
Functional items such as tableware, jugs, vases and three-dimensional works can be made during classes.

Wednesdays – 6:00pm – 8:30pm

Week 1: 17th April
Explore Japanese Kesyou technique which is decorating and carving surface using colour slips and carving tools. 

Week 2: 24th April
Explore Japanese Nerikomi technique which is a decorative process established in Japan 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. Making a Narikomi piece using white, black and toast colored clay. Mixing colored stains on the clay for making test tiles on this session and then working on the piece on Week 4. 

Week 3: 3rd May
Explore Kurinuki technique which is making pottery from carving away from a single block of clay.  

Week 4: 8th May
Explore Nerikomi technique. Check the test tiles first from week2. Learning how to mix coloured stains with clay. Making a piece of work using colored clay.

Week 5: 15th May
Working on own project/glazing.

Week 6: 22nd May
Finish Glazing.


Cost: 6-Week Course £174

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Emi Fujisawa is a Japanese textile artist/designer specialising in ceramics, pottery, hand weaving with natural materials and natural dyeing. She launches her slow fashion collection using her textile techniques. She is influenced by studying traditional textiles, methods and materials from around the world. Emi is inspired by Confucius’s words, who said: “We can learn new things from the past”. She has developed her own style to express her art based on a Japanese identity with European influences.

Emi creates her work using ceramics. Her personal work focuses on making hand-thrown vases and Japanese matcha bowls using her own glazes made with natural materials. She sees ceramic as a textile and creates beautiful surfaces. She had done a placement at Illyria pottery in Oxford and gained her experience in various ceramic studios in Japan.

Emi knows Camphill MK well, leading our workshops as the Arts & Crafts Coordinator.

Read about a selection of exhibitions our residents have been involved in from a number of our blog posts.