Carving Light with Porcelain: Master Class in Hotarude

with Taruta Hiroshi 樽田裕史

10-11th / 12-13th June 2023

In this two-day workshop, Taruta will teach his unique techniques of wheel throwing, trimming, and “Hotarude”(蛍手). We will learn the basic knowledge of porcelain and the tips to handle this difficult material. He will also shine a light on one of Japan's six most important ancient kiln towns - “Seto”, the ceramics town he is based in.

Taruta Hiroshi’s ceramics combine what he finds beautiful, such as the heavenly white of porcelain clay, the soft blue of porcelain glaze, and the shadows created by carving. You will be able to learn the philosophy behind through this workshop.

*Basic throwing experience required
*Conducted in Japanese with translation in English
Session One: June 10-11th, 2023
Session Two: June 12-13th, 2023
*Time: 1 - 7 p.m.

*Tuition includes general studio materials, 20kg of porcelain clay, and firing services.
*Finished works can be collected approximately 5-6 weeks after the completed workshop at the studio.
*Glazing service is not included in the workshop.

Workshop Schedule - 2 Days Masterclass workshop


13:00 - 13:30: An introduction to Taruta’s artwork and technique, knowledge of the “Hotarude” technique including glaze and firing. Basic knowledge about Seto City, the ceramics town.
13:30 - 14:00: Tips on tackling porcelain, demonstration on wheel-throwing.
14:00 - 15:30: Practice making Cups, Sake cups, and Teacups.
15:30 - 16:00: Coffee break.
16:00 - 16:30: Demonstration on Bowl and Katakuchi (Teaware), Open shape vessels.
16:30 - 19:00: Practice and comment.


13:00 - 14:00: Trimming, demonstration on Hotarude, and glazing in “Hotarude” style.
14:00 - 15:30: Trimming, craving practice, and comment.
14:00 - 15:30: Practice making Cups, Sake cups, and Teacups.
15:30 - 16:00: Coffee break.
16:00 - 19:00: “Hotarude” trimming practice and comment.

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