FEB 15 & 16, 2020

Instructor: Michiho Fukumori, 8th generation Doraku Clay Potter & Chef from Iga, Japan


  • 10:00AM:  Intro & throwing demo.

  • 11:00AM:  Decorating demo with brushes (students should bring calligraphy brushes if they have them).

  • 12:00PM:  Lunch break (bring a lunch or take a lunch break).

  • 1:00PM:  Students decorate and glaze their donabe.

  • Load gas kiln, preheat kiln overnight.

  • 4:00PM:  End.


  • 9:00AM:  Sonoma Ceramics staff fire kiln (not much for students to see, they are welcome to stop by starting at 9:00AM).
  • 10:00AM:  Donabe Cooking Class at Shige Sushi restaurant, seasoning & care of donabe, cooking with donabe.
  • Enjoy a sit down lunch prepared in donabe!
  • 2:00PM:  Go to Community Center to check kiln, demo of donabe trimming/finishing.
  • 4:00PM:  End.

OPTIONAL TUESDAY FEBRUARY 18:  Unload kiln and analyze results.  If students cannot make it to unload, they can come at another time to pick up.  Shipping can be arranged for an extra fee.  See Kala for details.

$75 materials fee includes bisque fired 8″ donabe with lid, glaze, firing, cooking ingredients and a sit down lunch on Sunday. Option for participants to make bowl or spoon when time allows.

$225 members

No Experience Necessary
Ages 18+

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Michiho Fukumori

Michiho Fukumori


Michiho Fukumori is an 8th generation Doraku Clay Potter and chef from Iga, Japan.  Not only a trained chef, she lived as a student of Zen at Daitokuji Temple.  There she learned the art of Shoujin Ryori and Tea Ceremony Kaiseki.  We are honored that she will be teaching both ceramics and cooking

Cultural Exchange LLC

Organizing Partner

Our mission is to bring masters of international cuisines and traditions to Sonoma to raise appreciation and awareness in an exchange that broadens cultural horizons of all parties involved.


Maki Aizawa and Mitsuyo McDermott share a deep love of Japanese culture and art forms from all over the world. They founded Sonoma Cultural Exchange to bring both Japanese and other international cultural experiences to a wider audience in Sonoma county and the greater Bay Area.  Maki grew up in Sendai, Japan, and is the daughter of a master kimono maker and is an Ikebana master herself.  Mitsuyo grew up in Shizuoka, Japan, and has a passion for exposing her family, friends and the greater community to the richness of Japanese tradition.  Both women travel several times a year to Japan, where they are connected to a growing network of artists, performers and chefs.  Maki and Mitsuyo are both excited to share these riches with people in Sonoma and the greater Bay Area.