photo Sogata


A mold of the desired shape is made with a mixture of clay and sand that has been rotated with a board. Molten metal is poured into the mold in order to make the piece. After removal from the mold, the piece is baked and painted with lacquer and ohaguro, which translates to teeth blackening liquid, to produce a unique dark finish.
This technique is used to make tea kettles for the tea ceremony, temple bells, and other circular, symmetrical objects.


  1. 1.A board with a cutout shape is rotated to shape a mixture of sand and clay.
  2. 2.A spatula is used to make decorative designs in the clay before it dries.
  3. 3.The clay is pushed inward, and metal is poured into the space.
  4. 4.The mold is broken and the piece is taken out.
  • "What Are Traditional Crafts? -A Guidebook to Seeing, Learning, and Enjoying-" Edited by the Japan Kogei Association Eastern Branch. Published by Unsodo Reference artworks