How Iga-yaki donabe is made
From Earth to Donabe
The clay of of Iga region comes from 4-million-year-old earth layers which used to be the bottom of Lake Biwa. From this special historic porous clay, which naturally has the high absorbency and heat retention, all the Iga-yaki (traditional Iga-style) pottery is made. Each of Nagatani-en’s Iga-yaki donabe is truly an artisanal piece of work. It takes about 2 weeks for a donabe to be made.
We would like to show you how donabe for everyday use is made in Nagatani-en through the photos of “Kamado-san” making process. Each “Kamado-san” donabe is born after a long process of care and detailed works by many experienced craftsmen.