Pottery located at the entrance of the town of Minoyaki
Located within a 5-minute walk from the JR Chuo Honsen Tokishi Station, at the entrance of Toki city is Kakuyama Seitojo. On weekends, many visitors arrive from other towns and prefectures. They come to take Makoto Ito, fifth-generation president’s, pottery class. More than 250 people come to visit within the year to enjoy making potteries.
Established in 1897, Kakuyama Seitojo is a small pottery with 3 workers, Mr. and Mrs. Ito and one other craftsmen. They had been making Japanese tea cups and rice bowls which was widely produced in the area. It is all custom made, they form the clay one by one with the jigger and trim and paint by hand. Their built to order items like their lampshade and decorative figurine are made carefully by hand and gaining popularity.
On the other hand, Mr. Ito who keeps the tradition and techniques, felt the changes in market demand.
“Times have changed and nowadays, people use a mug for both tea and soup.” We still take orders of traditional Japanese tea cup, but the demand may decrease. We have to find something new being a small pottery. What should we do to liven up Minoyaki and Toki city?