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 Special Class: Pottery 101
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 Posted: Dec 12 2016, 04:56 PM
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Kono-sensei walked into Edo Bugei's pottery room. Today the normally radiant art teacher was dressed in fairly simple clothing. Her pants and shirt both a dark hue of brown to match the season. On her feet and hands fine white gloves and boots. Her normally flowing hair was done up in order to keep it out of her eyes and off her neck. The teacher carefully examined the room, setting up four pottery wheels in a diamond shape as she looked at the clock. Soon the three students that had signed up for today's extra lesson would arrive.
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Outside it was evening in Edo. The air was cold and cars could be heard going home for the evening as a few merchants closed shop and night establishments began to open. Kono-sensei preferred doing her pottery in the evening, and thus scheduled the class accordingly. As the hour of the dog came, she awaited her student's arrival. On a board she carefully wrote
"Pottery 101" as well as her name in exquisite kanji. To a high ranking member of the Kono clan everything from movement, to speech, to writing was art.

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An evening class, it was a novelty of sorts. Certainly most of his forge work had been done during the day but really only because that was just normal behavior. There was no reason not to do it at night, you didn't really need the sun, just light, heat, and supplies. Not that he minded, in fact, Kire had been in good spirits all day. Finally he would get to meet the art teacher. She was so pretty and infinitely more knowledgeable than that hack who taught smithing. Kire had avoided him as much as he could. No extra lessons from that guy. Kire had lumped him in with the other masters in his childhood. Good for a beginner, but not for a future genius bladesmith.

He wanted to impress her, that meant doing well in her class. He'd spent most of the day thinking and planning. What would impress her? He knew how to impress other smithing students and teachers, that was showing off a bit, but he hadn't done that to just show off, he was just not pulling punches. He knew blades, he knew forging. If you did difficult forge work without knowing the right way, you ended up with scrap metal. It was probably the same for making pottery. And Kire knew nothing about pottery.

It was like forging the way driving a car was like riding a motorbike. They had similar aspects but really they were completely different. His best bet would be the dutiful student, learning and then maybe eventually she'd be impressed and he could show off his other work and she'd be really impressed. The plan was assured to work despite all the multitude of reasons it would not. Kire just pushed those aside, it was destiny and destiny would not be denied.

He showed up at the classroom and hesitated at the door just for a moment before walking in. There she was, beautiful even in more casual dress. Kire bowed formally. "Bou, Kire." He introduced himself. "Thank you for hosting the class." He smiled at her but pulled his coat tighter around him. He knew Pottery had to get fired so hopefully that would mean the room would warm up soon to something approaching the forge. For a boy who had spent most of his life beside the fires and glowing metal, it was freezing in the room.

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Shinsuke Todo had lately been feeling more liberated than he had in quite a while. Almost certainly better than he'd felt since before the great earthquake. Thanks to a chance encounter with a new Edo Bugei student who had just arrived in town, no less. For the longest time he'd had trouble reconciling a couple of sides to himself which only family had known of. Now he was confident if humble and ready to begin becoming a normal presence at Edo Bugei once again. Why not start with an artistic evening class?

He'd signed up both out of that desire for reconnection and to possibly learn how to make something for a special someone. His parents had begun to speak of paying a visit to Omi in the near future. That meant spending time with the Azai and, he hoped, some time to reconnect with a certain girl who lived there. No longer was he prone to flirting with any cute girl; he had one specific girl he'd been in greater contact with, had taken a liking to beyond what he considered friendliness, and now.. now he wanted to make something nice for her.

Creating something with your own hands was a manly thing. To make something wonderful where once there was nothing but raw materials was a great creative feat. Problem was that he had no idea how to create such things - hence why he needed to take an introductory pottery class. As he arrived he wondered if anyone would notice something different about him. Would anyone in the class have met him before? If so, his subtly more feminine hairstyle (a result of that chance encounter) clashing with his male uniform might raise some eyebrows. Regardless he was determined to make the most of this!

Arriving just after another boy, Shinsuke bowed politely, "Good evening, Kono-sensei. I am Todo Shinsuke, second year. It's an honor to take your class."

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Toshi had a thing for art and all its forms, so then the pottery class opened up he figured why not give it a try and learn something new. After all pottry was not much different then painting when you think about it, you take a a piece with infinite possibities and give life and form to it . Sure the mechanics were nothing alike up then again he was always good with his hand so learning shouldn’t not be to much of a difficulty.

It seemed like he was the last to arrive, he didn’t know the two students but the teacher everyone knew in some form or another.
“Sorry if I’m late, Morikawa Toshiyuki ready and eager to learn.”
With that he joined the others in the room and waited for instruction.

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Kono-sensei waited patiently as the students entered the class one by one. The first was a boy she has seen from time to time in the smithing lab as she went past it. His name was Kire. As he entered he introduced himself and thanked her for being willing to teach the class. Kono-sensei gave him a sweet smile.
"Why thank you." she said as she walked over to a table On the table stood four large block of clay. All four blocks weight about three pounds. Picking one up she gave it to Kire.
"Please hold this." and with that another boy entered right after Kire.
"Good evening, Kono-sensei. I am Todo Shinsuke, second year. It's an honor to take your class." Shinsuke said. Kono-sensei motioned for Shinsuke to come over to the table with the blocks. Holding one out she responded.
"Todo-san, good evening. Please hold this." and dropped the block into his hands. Finally a third boy entered.
“Sorry if I’m late, Morikawa Toshiyuki ready and eager to learn.” The boy's words caused her to chuckle a bit.
"Late is far better than never. Please Morikawa-san, take this." and handed him the third block. All three blocks felt dry and extremely solid as Kono-sensei looked at her own block.

The blocks looked gray and rectangle in shape, wrapped up in a white plastic wrap. Unwrapping the rectangle she looked at the three.
"Welcome all three of you. As this is an introduction class we won't be mixing out own clay from powders today. Instead we will be doing something a bit more simple." and with that she pulled out what appeared to be piano wire held by two wooden handles. Carefully she began cutting through her slab, about an inch thick slab fell off.
"This is dried clay. It comes already made and is ready for use. I want all three of you to unwrap your clay bags, and cut off a large chunk of clay. You will find a few cuters on the wall next to the door. We use piano wire because it is thin, cuts clean, and isn't easy for clay to grab hold of. I will tell you though, hard clay is stronger than it looks." and with that warning she would wait for them to cut the clay.

"Keep the wire on you. You will need it to get more clay shortly. For now though, why don't all three of you go to the sink and fill up a large bucket with water, and then a small cup with water." of course she had her own already prepared on the table.

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Kire took his block and set it down in his seat closest to the sensei. With a bit of scraping he managed to remove the plastic from the block, which he set aside. Was he supposed to hold on to it to wrap it up again? Maybe he was supposed to throw it away. Well, he would get instruction on it later. For now, he'd hold on to it.

That done, he walked to the door and took a set of wire from the wall. He carried them over to one of the sinks where he started filling up a bucket. He stood there for a few seconds, did a few mental calculations and walked back to his place to set down the wire. He arrived back in time too stop the water before it overflowed and then grabbed one of the plastic bowls. He just dropped it to float on the bucket to make it easier to carry.

The filled up bucket was kind of heavy but he managed to get it back to his station without making a mess or spilling which was important. Kire sat down and scooped up some water in the plastic bowl and set that on the other side of him. Water at his hands and clay in front. He felt ready to tackle any challenge, even if he didn't know what the challenge was going to be.

For now he had to cut off a hunk of clay. He took the wire and wrapped it around the top of the clay, as Kono-sensei had done. Best to just follow her lead for now. So he took off a couple of inches from the top of the clay block.

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"Thank you, Kono-sensei," Shinsuke had replied when handed the block of clay into his hands.

While he took his seat he wondered at the idea that this seemingly innocuous slab of gray could become fine art. In the right hands it would become fine art. His own hands hadn't yet worked with the stuff previously so he'd probably have to temper his expectations. That being said he refused to let himself do anything less than the best of his abilities as a man. This wasn't just learning how to work with clay, it was crafting something special for a girl he hoped would accept his feelings.

He felt a bit of relief that the instructor didn't expect them to mix their own clay. That would probably have taken more time than expected and thus meant less time to craft something. Instead they just had to get some piano wire and cut the clay as Kono-sensei had shown them. After retrieving the wire he gently worked at the clay, which was indeed tougher than it looked. Just as they were instructed he fetched a bucket with water.. which turned out heavier than she had expected. Way heavier. Shinsuke had to adopt a bit of a smaller step than usual as he went back to his station, quite like what his mother had taught his sisters as a 'proper ladylike walk'. After he got the cup as well, Shinsuke looked over to the teacher and thought of a question.

"Excuse me, Kono-sensei, are we making anything in particular today? Or is it up to us to decide?" he asked, genuinely curious as well as hoping it would be something that the girl he liked would appreciate.


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Taking his place Toshi followed the instruction, so far things didn’t seem so hard but he knew things would become more challenging very soon. It was then thata good question was raised as he too was curious as to what they were making.

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As the students got the water and cut the clay a question was raised as to what they would be making today. Kono-sensei smiled as she cut more clay for herself and double checked her water.
"Today we're just going to start with something simple. A clay coil pot. It is the easiest thing to do with clay and I think it is a good place to start since it build confidence in one's work." she said with a warm smile as she took a small handful of water and poured it over her cut clay.
"Stiff, dry clay is impossible to work with. So the first thing you need to know about making anything out of clay is that you need to keep the clay moist. Now, if you use a large bucket of water you risk dropping the clay. However you will find you go through quite a lot of water when working with clay. so scooping water with your small bowl is trick for the wise." she said, lifting a finger up as though to show it was her first important tip.

"Now to start with we are going to need a base. Everyone take the bottom of the water cups i gave you. hold them up and look at the bottom. If you nice the brim is quite tall and the actual bottom of the cup doesn't touch the table. This is on purpose." with that the teacher took a large chunk of wet clay and then pulled out a rolling pin. Flattening out the chunk of clay until it was about 1/3 of an inch thick she pressed the bottom of her own water cup into the clay, pulling it out it left a circle cut out of the clay. Pulling the rest of the flattened clay away she just left the circle in front of her.
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"Now watch carefully. Take some clay, and just start rolling it between your hands until it becomes a long string. You will then take this string of clay and make a coil out of it on the perimeter of your new base." the teacher explained before demonstrating.
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"Now you all follow, please." she insisted.
"Only the first coil though."

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Kire watched closely as Kono-sensei demonstrated the proper way to cut out the clay and prepare the bottom of the pot. Or urn, or whatever. What it was going to be didn't matter so much. Only that he would get to make it for her. Even dressed as plain as she was, every movement seemed to exude elegance and grace. It was beauty, poetry even. And it was all he could do to keep his mind focused on the task at hand. Cutting out the circle, rolling the base, keeping it wet the whole time, step by step he followed her instruction.

That would be all for now, but he imagined the future. She obviously knew a lot about creating works of art and she was one herself. Once he had gotten the hang of ceramics, they could talk shop for both pottery and metal forging. It would be good to see how making great works shaped her ideologies. She was probably too smart to believe in all that superstitious stuff and maybe together they could create something beautiful. They both had the skills after all.

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Shinsuke knew that watching an artisan's movements was as important as listening to their instructions if wished to learn to make art yourself. His sisters had learned flower arrangement over the years and related as much to him. Actually they'd pulled him in to watch them work on arrangements for various family events. Yuki had been particularly thorough in her descriptions of how you learned from a master teacher of the arts. So with that mindset he kept a close eye on Kono-sensei's movements with the clay, trying to emulate them himself as he worked the clay himself.

A clay pot wasn't fancy, but maybe it could still work as a gift. It seemed rather pedestrian for something you'd give to a girl you liked but that was out of his control. He wasn't about to demand they make something fancier. Maybe he'd just buy something nice instead.. for now he gave his whole attention to the coiling of clay, working gently and slowly so that he wouldn't royally screw it up.

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Kono-sensei watched carefully as her students made the base of the pots. Smiling a bit she examined the student's works carefully.
"You are both doing well. Remember, the base of a pot is the main balancing point for the structure. You can make the base smaller or large depending on what size pot you are attempting to create." she said it less like a teacher and more like a kind older sister or mother. After all this was something Kono-sensei had been doing since she herself was very young. As she looked back towards her own work she finished the first coil and started lightly pressing the inner part of the coil down.
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"If you only have coils they will never hold together. Coil pots are mostly purchased to look like coils on the outside, however we are going to make the inside of the pots very smooth and nice. First do this by lightly pressing the first coil against the bottom of the pot. Then remember to keep your clay nice and moist, and gradually start adding more coils. Do it carefuly, pressing the inside of one coil lightly against the coil below it. Try to keep a nice and coiled look on the outside. Once we get a few layers I will show you the secret to making the inside hold together and stay nice and smooth. Don't worry if it doesn't hold together perfectly as this step." she said with a smile as she walked over and grabbed four new small bowls. Giving one to each student she put a small bit of a clay and a rather large amount of water into the small bowl before mixing it up into what appeared to be a very soppy.

"Alright. Now this part is a bit complicated. We are going to smooth out the rough edges of the inside. Make your clay water as I did, and lightly press the clay water on the insides of the pot using your fingers or a wooden tool. We want to use the water to gradually smooth out the edges of the inside of the pot. Usually this is done with both the inside and outside but we will cover that later. for now jut try to get the inside nice and smooth, while keeping that coiled look outside."

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Kire couldn't help but be filled with pride, it was a little complement and one that he had to share, but she had said he was doing well. She thought he was doing good work and that was the best thing ever. Maybe some day he could show Kono-sensei what he could really do. Then, once they had shared their great talents, they could marry...them together to make brand new creation the world had only dreamed about. It would be bliss.

So the coils were simple enough, he used his hands first. There was something pure about working directly with your hands. You douldn't do this kind of thing with the forge unless you wanted to lose your fingers. But here, it was nice, of course he went back with the tool afterwards. The charm of handmade goods was al well and good, but Kire preferred precision.

He swept the wooden scraper along the inside, it bulged a bit where he pressed too hard and he frowned at the pot. He wet his hands and tried pushing the coil back into shape. It was messy but he wasn't going to just start over. The pot wasn't bad, just not perfect. It was amateur. Which, admittedly, Kire was. But he didn't like to show or admit it for anything. But despite the missteps, he managed to get the inside of the pot smooth.

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So far things had been going well but now things were to get complicated. Toshi took his time he didn’t want to make any real mistakes now. Sure the what he had was not perfect or even nice, hell he’d call it complete trash but then again Toshi never really considered himself much of an artist. Sure he did create a certain kind of art but even then he never considered it anything special or even good.

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Shinsuke was ever careful as he listened to their teacher speak about the technique necessary to craft a pot. While he had his doubts about its suitability as a gift for someone he had a crush on, he was determined to do his best. A Todo couldn't truly be a Todo if they didn't apply themselves in every situation. It gave the wrong impression if you just let things slide because it didn't help you meet the end you had really been hoping for. Kono-sensei was a talented artisan and it would have additionally been insulting to her to let things get to him.

So he worked as deftly as he could at working the clay per Kono-sensei's instructions. It was harder than it looked to get a strong base going, that was for sure. He glanced over to see how the other students were doing. Both seemed to be hyper focused on doing the best that they could with their presumably first efforts. With a nod he looked back to Kono-sensei and wondered if the woman could offer some further tips. Something beyond just creating the pot itself.

"Kono-sensei," he called out to get her attention, then asked, "Will we be adding coloring to the pots when they're finished? Or is that part of another class?"

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