Towards the end of my stay in Japan, Imai-san arranged for me to visit Shigaraki, a commercial pottery village dedicated to making pottery for temples. There were also so many local artists living in the area. We visited the president of one of the largest pottery companies in Shigaraki and had tea and red bean cakes. Then I received a personalized tour of the company. It was one of the best experiences I can remember. It would be fun to go back and visit or study pottery techniques there someday.
Here is a link to some of the pottery featured at Shigaraki:
Shigaraki has one of the six oldest kilns in Japan and is known for its good clay. The name Shigaraiki is derived from the Japanese word "shigeru ki" which means woody, dense mountain.
I will also post a You Tube video on how they make the pottery and fire it in the wood kilns.Enjoy!