We’ve added up the hours it takes to finish a NiwaPot and a NiwaFlat, and the outcome is that more than 90% is handcrafted and only about 8% machined. NiwaFlats are CNC cut, so they’re all the same size. Despite that we still need to veneer them one by one by hand, sanding them afterwards, and treating them with olive oil. The logo on the back is laser engraved. NiwaPots are handcrafted one by one in the workshop, where we use a clay conditioning machine and a one-piece mould. Because this kind of technique and material require lots of handling, each one of them turns out different. After days of drying and once the piece has been fired, we test its porosity and that the edges are properly sealed by filling it with water. If it passes the test successfully, we go on to drill the main mounting hole. Now, the veneering: every faceted face needs its own tailored veneer sheet. Ensuring that the edges tie up is by far and away the most challenging part of the process, and the most time consuming. After some sanding, we’ll drill draining holes in some of them. Now, time for oiling them, the only process that doesn’t damage our hands! 😛 The cork back is laser cut and the logo laser engraved, but we thoroughly stick them down by hand. Once they’re finished, we put them through another water test, and they’re good to go… into the box!