Thursday, January 15, 2015

Vacation Craft Classes

When we are on vacation, I like to learn about the local crafts and take a lesson when possible.  When we were in Bali last year, I took two batik classes.  In Okinawa two years ago, we took Bingata and weaving classes. We couldn’t pass up the opportunities for hands-on fun this year in both Kyoto and Okinawa.

The Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts – Fureaikan offered a class in Surigata-Yuzen, Kyoto’s stencil-dyeing technique.  Ted and I both chose to make a pair of coasters. First, our instructor demonstrated and we learned the two important things were: not to have too much dye on the brush and kuru, kuru (move the brush in circles).






 
When we were done with the dyeing, the instructor ironed our coasters to set the color and we had a nice souvenir to take home.

 
 
 
In Naha, Okinawa, we decided to try the Ryukyu glass blowing class offered at the Naha Traditional Crafts Center. It was a little scary because it was so hot, but exciting too. We dipped the hot glass in water to make a crackled look.  We also had to roll it and expand some tongs to make the open top.







 
We came home with these two blue (not quite perfect) glasses. We really enjoyed both our classes.


9 comments:

  1. So pleased you were both able to enjoy more of the variety of Japanese crafts. Amazing holiday memories!

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  2. That's awesome! We tried to do the same when went to South Korea.

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  3. Fantastic souvenirs, both in form of glass and coaster but also of your memory. Every time you take a sip from that glass you will think of Okinawa.

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  4. Wow! I love it that your are able to learn some new things while traveling. Lots of fun.

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  5. Both classes look like so much fun! I love the dragonfly coaster and the glasses are fabulous.

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  8. That looks like great fun! I'd love to try glass blowing. Great idea to do a class each time you go on holiday.

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  9. Oh those classes look fun! I have a glass I made at Ryukyu Glass Craft... a little lopsided but still an amazing experience. I think taking classes on your vacation is such a great idea.

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