Workshop in Israel 2018 February

Today, 31st January  was first day of kigata banko workshop. I gave Kigata Banko workshop at Mira’s atelier in Tel Aviv, Israel.

I did green tea ceremony with strawberry Daifuku sweets before I started workshop. (Strawberries were so big in Israel, it was really hard to wrap with white mochi…)


The second day of workshop, we started with green tea ceremony. And we finished lid of teapot,five green tea cups and lid stand. While we were working, we had many kinds of nuts, fruits (some of then I’d never seen before) and chocolates on the table.

Avobe dark  teapot was made with Banko clay fired with reduction fire. And this red fruit  was grown in the one of the participant’s garden.
I couldn’t help myself to leave it in Israel, it traveled together to Amsterdam.
The result of teapot workshop with Kigata Banko.
 While we were making teapot, we spoke a lot about people in Israel, history and food. Also we enjoyed the silence of creativity with concentration which was coming and going like a wave. 
Mira, owner of this studio makes beautiful plates and sculptures with astonishing glaze which was made from her own recipes. Her works have strong taste and characteristic organic form that makes me think about her works with Mediterranean cuchia, serving on the dark olive wooden table. Mira was so powerful and warm. At first glance I falling love with her.
I was so happy to see people enjoying their own teapot, tasting Japanese culture through the workshop and exposing own creativity.

Photo: Mira’s back garden

I deeply appreciated warm support of Hadas Avtalion Jackont. And all the Kigata Banko wooden molds were subsidised by Pola Foundation for the Promotion of Traditional Japanese Culture.