対象 年長児 19名
Rakuyaki 1 Forming by hand
Date: February 16, 2015 9:30 - 11:30
Contents: Shaping clay to make Rakuyaki
Venue: Oroshimachi Hikarino-ko Nursery School, 2-1-17, Oroshimachi, Wakabayashi-ku, Sendai
Target: Children in the senior class, 19 children
Instructors: Keita Suto ( Potter-san ), Tomoko Suto ( Potako-san )
Partners: Oroshimachi Hikarino-ko Nursery School
The Rakuyaki workshop took place in two parts in cooperation with Oroshimachi Hikarino-ko Nursery School in Sendai. A total of 27 people participated (19 children in the senior class and eight teachers and other staff of the school).
Participants shaped clay by hand during the workshop “Rakuyaki 1 Forming by hand.” A poster advertising the workshop was put up in the school in advance, and potters Mr. and Mrs. Suto (Potter-san and Potako-san) came to the venue 2.5 hours before the starting time and communicated with the children. For these reasons, the children were highly motivated and interested in the workshop. They were actively involved in the preparation and started shaping clay before the starting time.
The children shaped clay freely to their liking and showed their work to each other or to teachers. As a result they created many more pieces and larger pieces than we had expected. Teachers at the nursery school told us later that some children continued to enjoy shaping clay for a long time, and their excitement did not subside. After the workshop, we had lunch with the children who participated in the workshop through the kindness of the nursery school.
A vice-principal and teachers at the nursery school, who were in charge of the workshop, said it was their first time participating in this kind of workshop. They would like us to hold a workshop again. Teachers do not take care of children by age at Oroshimachi Hikarino-ko Nursery School. Therefore, some children in the middle class joined the workshop, played with clay, or watched the class.
Rakuyaki is a soft-type glazed ceramic ware that is characterized by being formed only by hand and a pallet (called "tebineri") and then calcined at low firing temperatures around 850 degrees.