“Ikomi” Technique acquired making Shinto and Buddhist altar fittings
Yama Ryo Yokoi Pottery, established during the 13th year in the Taisho era, is one of the few potters who inherit the “Ikomi” (Casting) technique. “Ikomi” (Casting), is the technique of mixing water and Silica soda to make a slurry form of clay to pour into a mold. Currently 3rd generation, Ryo Yokoi inherits this technique.
At the workshop, the process of “Gaba Ikomi” which consists of; pouring the slurry clay into the mold, drying, removing excess clay, removing from the mold, is done diligently.
“Honestly ‘Ikomi’ can only be done by hand, takes time and you can’t make big volume so many potters have quit. So, you can say we are an endangered species. LOL”.
The numerous incense burners and pots that is on the drying racks is not machine made but rather made individually by hand.