Vibrant Lands: Echizen

 Negitate vessel being built

Negitate vessel being built

 Firing the kiln round the clock

Firing the kiln round the clock

In May 2014, VL founders Amiko Matsuo and Brad Monsma led 20 CSU Channel Islands students on a trip to Echizen, one of six oldest kilns in Japan. 

Students learned nejitate, a technique used to build large vessels from coils, from Hyuga-sensei.

They walked along working and abandoned rice fields into the forest to the site of ancient noborigama kilns.

They talked with Inoue-san about organic rice farming. Toward the end of the trip, students made onigiri with Inoue-san's mother and kept a kiln fired round the clock for three whole days during the annual festival. 

It was about reciprocity, community, food as performance, and, of course, clay
— Brad Monsma