Kigata Banko teapot workshop

Kigata Banko Yaki was invented 190 years ago by Japanese craft artist Yugetsu Mori (1808-1882). He applied a puzzled wooden mold technique to teapot-making for green tea ceremonies. After the teapot takes shape, the wooden mold can be cleverly deconstructed and removed from within. This technique allows the teapots to keep the warm handmade feel while being very thin and light, perfectly suitable for drinking green tea.

This time we are going to make teapot with Japanese traditional wooden mold.

During the workshop, you will make teapot and green tea cups (optional). After the firing with 1230 degrees carious in the kiln, you will get glazed (/ or unglazed) your original own teapot. Mostly it takes about three weeks to be finished.

<Workshop Schedule>

10;45 Welcome

11;00 Start workshop

  • Wrapping thin rice paper on wooden mold

  • Wrapping clay on the paper

  • Add bottom

  • Finish upper part of body

  • Make smooth surface

  • Make whole for spout


13;15-13;45 Lunch pause

 (Japanese lunch) Handmade Miso soup, rice balls with Umeboshi flavor, Egg roll with seaweed and sesame leaves, fermented vegetable pickles. (with reservation)


13;45-15;30 Workshop

  • Make a lid

  • Attach spout to body

  • Attach handle to body

  • Dissolve wooden mold and take out.

  • *Optionally make green tea cup. 

*At a moment due to covid-19, workshop is postponed. Please send us email to resister on the waiting list for the next workshop. 
Please send us email for the information of about another workshops, for example; for school, company, hospital.

Friday 5 July 2019

Meditation Morning



Coming Friday, I will give Gyokuro tea ceremony with my Banko teapot, after Sanny's Cashmere Yoga lesson.

I will use bio Gyokuro Green tea from Fujiwara town, Mie in Japan (next town I grew up).

This Green tea has a special taste, which refreshes in your month, sharpens mind and clears your body.

On coming Friday, the weather allows us to give our workshop outside on the green field!

And I am pretty much excited that I got chance to give Mie gyokuro green tea ceremony with teapots on Bussum green field!


Sanny Bijvoet /Cashmere Yoga 

Thursday - Saturday 14 - 30 November 

Japanese pop-up gift market


Gift market by local Japanese artists
Kyoko Kimono / haruka matsuo / ShinkaQ

MONO JAPAN online shop


JCE sample sale

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Japan Cultural Exchange

Friday 14 September 2019

Friday 28 September 2019


"Soul on paper and earth"



· Introduction to traditional Japanese art forms:

· Sumi-e painting

· Attending the Tea Ceremony -to be relaxed-

· Calligraphy for painting a ceramic plate

· Find the way to yourself through the philosophy of imperfection


Saturday morning 14 September Bussum 10.00 - 13.00 Atelier Haruka

Saturday morning 28 September Giekerk 10.00 - 13.00 Atelier Mieke

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Mieke Bouwens