For the 3rd year in a row, Sensei Masakazu Kusakabe comes to Cerdeira to share his incredibly rich knowledge and wood firing experience of almost 50 years. Together with a group of Portuguese professional ceramists you have the opportunity to learn and to deepen your knowledge about high temperature wood firing, techniques, ash glazes and more.
The workshop of 10 days includes firing the Sasukenei Smokeless Kiln twice.
Upcoming dates: 01 August 2017 – 10 August 2017
Timing: 10:00 -13h ; 15:00 - 18.30 (except during firings when it's mandatory to make 4 hour shifts)
Price: 240 € The basic materials for the course are also included.
Aimed at: For beginners with experience | 4 – 12 pessoas
Instructor: Masakazu Kusakabe
- History of Japanese ceramics
- Working on the potters wheel
- Clay sculptures
- Tea bowls
- Firing the SASUKENEI-SMOKELESS KILN (2 times)
This is a magic week to immerse in ceramics and Japanese culture. To work and learn with Sensei Masakazu Kusakabe together with a great team of ceramists.
Getting to know the history of Japanese ceramics, the ash glazes, making tea bowls on the potter’s wheel or small sculptures from clay and deliver them to the power of the wood fire.
Yes, in this master course you have the opportunity to fire your art pieces in our SASUKENEI- SMOKELESS KILN. Not once, but twice! Designed by Masakazu Kusakabe and built in Cerdeira in 2015.
The master dominates fire and the art of wood firing like no one else thanks to almost 50 years of wood firing experience. Nevertheless, he’s always looking for new challenges!
Beside his deep knowledge of ceramics and wood firing, Japanese ceramist Masakazu Kusakabe is a true master in every sense. His workshops are not limited to pottery, but also include other elements of Japanese culture, including tea ceremonies, sushi making, the “Wabi Sabi” philosophy and music. In short, workshops with Masakazu Kusakabe are full days, complete with hard work, learning and exchange, that bring out the best of each one of us, as an artist and a human being. And believe when we say hard work!
Born in Miharu/Japan in 1946 where he still lives and works, his curriculum is filled with international exhibitions and with the construction of the smokeless ceramic kiln, designed by him, all over the world!
In 2005, he published the book “Secrets of Japanese Ceramic Wood Fire” in collaboration with the ceramist Marc Lancet.
This is how Masakazu Kusakabe describes his work:
I always consider Japanese traditional culture when I do my work. The history of ceramics, the flow of change, and local specialities are also very important.
I use five principles when I work:
1. Having a “Friendly and Lovely” shape, welcoming shape and texture, when we look and touch. Accepting it like our beautiful body. Comfortable to touch or handle and its weight.
2. The shape of “Powerful and Wild Feelings”. The Kamakura era, Momoyama era and the Samurai spirits produce designs that are sharp, succinct and are powerful to touch, like a tool or a saber.
3. The materials of the earth, “Nature, Land, Mountains, and Rocks”, the feeling of time in nature through rocks, crystals and jewels.
4.The shape of “Historical feelings or ancestry” to sense the memories and the goodness of an old shape through the piece.
5. The feeling of a “Romantic and Fantastic” space, to feel the prose or poetry through the piece and observe the mysterious colours, shapes and materials.
For me the kiln is a part of the universe. Inside is the big bang where bright firelight, galaxies, and stars (my pieces) are born.
Firing is like the explosion of a volcano, and my pieces are like its lava rock. Pottery is like alchemy, we can create many jewels with clay, flames, and ash. I am the servant of a fire god.
- If you decide to stay in one of our houses you will enjoy a 10% discount.
- Group meals can also be ordered.
Accommodation not included, book now