Kyoto Seiyokai Hall
- A chance to spend a day making pottery in a true ceramic setting - courses popular with tourists and visiting school groups
Courses to experience Kiyomizu pottery
Sennyuji Temple district, where many Kyoto potters have gathered since early 20th century to live and work, has been home to many famous ceramic artists and commercial potters. Today, there are some 30 workshops in the area, creating variety of pieces. Some 50 years ago, an association named Seiyokai was formed by young potters striving to preserve the tradition and to create new ceramic technologies and promote the Kiomizu pottery among citizens and tourists.
The hall exhibits some 200 pieces of pottery created by the member potters.
These are available for purchase as well. The hall also offers very popular pottery courses: the courses on decorating a bisque ware using the underglaze technique (shitae) in cobalt blue pigment (gosu), hand-forming a cup/bowl/plate on a hand wheel using the coil technique (tebineri),or throwing a cup/bowl/plate on an electric wheel. From there on,an expert will finish off the pieces by glazing and firing them (about 30 days are needed to finish the pieces). In addition, a “workshop tour” is available for visitors who would like to visit the actual pottery workplace. Also, every November, the hall stages the popular “Momiji Matsuri” (autumn festival).
Popular decorating course
External view of Seiyokai Hall
How is Senryuji Temple connected to pottery?
|Address||20 Sennyuji Torin-cho, Higashiyama-ku|
|Hours||11:00 ~ 16:00|
|Closed||Sat, Sun, Nat Hols, Golden Week, Summer Hols, New Year Hols|
|Adm||Free, Course is charged and requires reservation|
|Access||A 10-min walk from JR and Keihan Tofukuji Stn/A 5-min walk from Sennyuji-michi Stop of City Bus|
|Parking||1 space available (Free)|
Facilities near by
Itto-en Museum Koso-in
The spirit of Itto-en and the mingling of artists
A wonderful experience in Chinese culture
The Toyokuni Shrine Treasure Museum
Shrine commemorating Hideyoshi Toyotomi
KIYOMIZUYAKI no SATO Museum
A traditional craft of a city heavily associated with pottery