Pottery Studio Fuwari

Pottery Studio Fuwari, Mashiko-machi: Hours, Address, Pottery Studio Fuwari Reviews: 5/5

Pottery Studio Fuwari
Speciality & Gift Shops • Paint & Pottery Studios • Lessons & Workshops
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9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
FUWARI Pottery-Making Classes We open handmade pottery class in English for beginner ,and semiprofessional. make your pots by yourself
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1-2 hours
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9 reviews
Very good

Brisbane122 contributions
Nov 2019 • Solo
I had a great time doing a couple of simple pieces, one hand-built and the other on the wheel. The lady told me they run their pottery wheels in the opposite direction, so there's the added challenge of swapping hands if you're a ceramicist from elsewhere! The studio is run by a couple, both are ceramicists.

The English instructions were worth the extra money especially for the wheel. There are heaps of studios in Mashiko that offer various lessons, but very few in English. Plus the other bonus is they open at 9am, so if you have a short timeline this helps.

I really enjoyed the bicycle ride from the station (rent bikes there, was about 700 yen for half a day). It's through mostly dead flat fields, an easy ride of about 2km to Pottery Studio Fuwari.

1) Keep mouth closed while riding. There are lots of tiny flying insects and my clothes got covered in them.
2) JR rail pass gets you freely to Shimodate, after which it's 780 yen each way on the Moka Railway. Moka rail is old-school, the trains are loud and the same complicated ticketing system I found on regional buses is in effect. Trains are hourly, tear yourself away from the ceramics shops with plenty of time to spare.
3) Preferably, don't bring big luggage to Mashiko unless you're staying here. The biggest local coin lockers are kinda square, and will not fit anything more than a small rolling suitcase on the longest measurement.
Written 16 November 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

James S
Singapore, Singapore9 contributions
Apr 2019 • Family
Really easy for kids- either on wheel or not. Great atmosphere. Beautiful location. We drove from Utsunomiya and did onsen bath on the way back.
Written 11 April 2019
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Lola H
Los Angeles, CA2 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
I had no idea what Fuwari studio in Mashiko would be like before I visited it. It turned out to be a wonderful experience that I would recommend for any person interested in trying their hand at pottery making in Japan.

Fuwari is a rustic studio tucked away in a serene area surrounded by trees and nature. If you decide to try the wheel to make your pottery item, you will be looking out the window to this beautiful landscape.

Since our group was more comfortable with English, the owner explained everything in English, which was a great benefit for us. He took his time to make sure we all knew how to use the wheel and showed us various examples of what Mashiko pottery looked like. We each had a great amount of time on the wheel, and I even had time to make a pinch pot. If we got stuck with something, he was very patient to help us fix what we had trouble with and took several pictures for both us and his reference.

Although it would be a good idea to wear clothes that you wouldn’t mind getting some clay on, he was well prepared to protect your clothing with an apron, a drape for your lap and slippers so that your shoes wouldn’t get too dirty.

The cost of the session depended on the weight of what we chose to get glazed and fired by Fuwari.

Afterwards, he served us delicious coffee and candy. Since it started raining by the time we had finished, he offered to drive us back to the bus stop.

If you are in Mashiko, I hope you will have the opportunity to take the class at Fuwari.
Written 3 May 2016
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Los Angeles, CA37 contributions
Apr 2016 • Friends
The wife and I (transplanted Californians now living in Tokyo) recently visited Mashiko-machi with two friends from Los Angeles, and had a great 'makes you feel great to be alive' experience at Studio Fuwari. We selected Fuwari because of its English-friendly website and clear description of what would be offered. Advance reservations are a must, as the studio is not one of the large, warehouse types along the main road in Mashiko, but rather a small artists workshop used by the owners themselves (each of whom is an accomplished artist with showings in galleries in Tokyo and internationally).

When it came time for our class, Jin-san (one of the artists-in-residence/owners) drove to the Togei Messe museum complex to pick up up. Realizing we had not had lunch, Jin-san kindly took us to one of the local soba noodle shops before we headed to Studio Fuwari. The studio is set on the edge of a bucolic forest, just a few blocks off the main Mashiko-machi road but a world away from any hustle or bustle. It is rustic and one would be well advised to wear the kind of clothes you'd feel comfortable gardening in or on which you wouldn't mind getting a dollop or two of clay.

Jin-san showed each of us how to use the electric wheel, how to shape and work with the famous Mashiko clay, and gave great ideas on what to make, all while letting us 'do it yourself'. Our group included two persons with substantial experience on the wheel and two of us that had never tried working with clay or on a potter's wheel before - we all had a great time. The three hour class went by in a flash, and we finished as a light rain came down in the forest, much more relaxed, calm and happy then when we arrived. Jin-san then graciously dropped us off back in town for our bus ride to the Shinkansen station.

We are looking forward to receiving our pieces once they have been glazed and fired (Jin-san took extensive notes and pictures of our pieces so that he could finish them to our choices and will be sending them to us in Tokyo). All in all, a very fun and highly recommended experience if you happen to be in Mashiko and want to let your inner artist out.
Written 27 April 2016
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