The tools used for making Arita ware are packed with the wisdom of artisans. There are many tools that you've probably never seen before. Let's take a look at some of them and find out what they're for.
The potter's wheel is for forming the kneaded clay into various shapes. The flat part on top spins around, allowing a ceramist to create round shapes and cylindrical shapes. Forming the clay into well-balanced shapes is pretty difficult, though.
Since ceramists can't put their hands inside when making a vase, they use modeling tools to adjust the shape from the inside. They're handy tools that can go in through small openings.
The tonbo is a tool for measuring the dimensions of a piece that has been made on a potter's wheel. Ceramists use this to check if the shape is well balanced.
Wires are very important tools, too. A piece that has been formed on a potter's wheel is cut off in one motion from the clay underneath using a wire. This is a handmade wire made by twisting together the tips of rice plants.