Tour the Pottery
Schedule a Visit to the Studio
Guests to the studio are welcome for tours, visits, pottery purchasing, and for 3:00pm tea at the irori table. An irori is a traditional Japanese hearth and table used for heating tea water and food as well as for generating warmth in the home. The table at the studio is most often used for tea, and on occasion it is used to prepare a meal over the central burner.
Water for tea is heated in an antique cast iron kettle hung from the ceiling using a traditional jizaikagi pot hook. The water is then carefully poured over tea leaves into a wood-fired ceramic teapot. Except for tea ceremonies and other seasonal or special occasions, the tea served in the studio is a worker's grade organic sencha green tea from the mountains of Japan.
Visitors are welcome from 1:15pm-4:30pm Monday-Friday and Saturdays 10:00am-4:30pm. Staff are often available to give tours without advance notice, though it is recommended to arrange a tour in advance through e-mail or by calling (320) 363-2930, especially for large groups. The Saint John's Pottery is located below Saint Joseph Hall, south of the Saint John's Art Center.