|Traditional Craft - Ohbori Somayaki
Scenes from the craftsman's workshop
(The making of double-walled cups)
|The inner and outer cups are created separately on the potter's wheel||Once the shapes have been cut out (with a home-made tool), the two cups are joined together.||Paint is added to the bottom of the cup and the wavy pattern drawn with a small wooden tool|
|The cups are dipped in glaze and left to dry.||The cups are fired in the main kiln at 1250℃ (2282 F.)||Once the gold design has been added, the cups are fired again at a lower
heat. The cracks in the glaze are then rubbed with Indian ink which results
in the dynamic black crazing characteristic of Somayaki.
The design found on these cups symbolises wading birds ( the heart shape is thought to resemble the birds' feet) and waves.
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