By Kim B
The Mimoroyaki Ceramic Workshop sits on the grounds of Okuni Shrine in Mori, Shizuoka. The pottery artisans here create a range of beautiful pieces, including vases, incense burners, and even pendants for jewelry items, and each item they create boasts a special touch. The pieces at Mimoroyaki are glazed with natural items found on the shrine grounds, giving them a special spiritual connection.
So what exactly do these natural glazes entail? Cedar ash, cedar leaves, and stones are all used to create different hues for pottery pieces. When you walk around the workshop and browse the items available for purchase, you'll see that everything on display comes in very earthy colors, and that's nature's magic at work!
At Mimoroyaki, there are also pottery classes held every Monday if you have an interest in learning to create pieces yourself. There are a number of workshop time slots available, but registrations are required in advance, so bear that in mind if you want to get your hands dirty!
Alongside the spiritual connection to nature that the pottery created here contains, every piece is completely unique. By purchasing something from Mimoroyaki, you're purchasing a story, and something that was made with a person's two hands. There's nothing mass produced.
The Mimoroyaki Ceramic Workshop is located on the grounds of Okuni Shrine, in the Mori district of Shizuoka Prefecture. If you're headed to the workshop via private vehicle, it's best to park at the Kotomachi Yumei Komichi Precinct next to Okuni Shrine, which has a large free parking lot as well as a number of tea stores and eateries.
Alternatively, if you're visiting the area via public transportation, the closest station to the workshop is the Enshu-Mori Station on the Tenryu Hamanako Line. From the station, the workshop is still a 45 minute walk away, but taxis are available from the station itself to speed up your journey.
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