Ceramic Workshop with Imahiko Kawamura

A special event, exclusively for the British Sake Association.

In this workshop you are invited to make your very own sake pots with the renowned Japanese potter Imahiko Kawamura. Ima-san will guide you as you make a choko (cup) and either a tokkuri (bottle) or katakuchi (lipped dish for pouring sake), using a slab or coiled technique (no wheels).

When: Monday 15th April 2019  from 6.30- 8..30 pm
Where: 100 Richmond Avenue, Islington, London N1 0LS (nearest tube: Angel) 

Cost:  £45 Members £55 non-members (includes all materials – for two vessels – glazing and firing.) Japanese nibbles and of course some sake to keep you going! Bookings via events@britishsakeassociation.org


About the Event

As this is primarily a ceramics event we will present one sake only, but at two or three different temperatures: room, chilled and warm, so this will be a chance to try out different drinking vessels, and different temperatures. Throughout, Ima-san and Shirley will chat informally about ceramics, as well as introducing us to some of the guiding principles of Japanese tableware. 

We will begin at 6.30 prompt and pack up at 8.30. At the end of the session Ima-san will take your pots away, and glaze and fire them for you at her kiln. Finished pots will be returned to you after firing (details of how we do this to be confirmed on the night)

Imahiko Kawamura is a ceramic artist who exhibits regularly at museums and galleries in the UK and Japan. She specializes in making decorative porcelain vessels and vases with a crystalline glaze, using methods based on Japanese tableware. She enjoys passing on her extensive knowledge of working with clay to all levels, as well as introducing Japanese tableware and the history of Japanese ceramics.

Grand Christmas Sake Tasting 2018

Come and join us to celebrate the end of 2018 bonenkai-style with a Grand Tasting of sakes at our second riverside tasting extravaganza.

Date: Monday 3rd December 2018

Time: 6:30pm to 8:30pm


Location: The Star and Garter

4 Lower Richmond Road, Putney SW15 1JN

Tel: 020 8788 0345

The sakes will be accompanied by buffet-style food platter and there are raffle prizes to be won, with proceeds going to one British and one Japanese charity.

Cost: £25 BSA members £30 non-members

Please book through events@britishsakeassociation.org

Tenth Anniversary!

Save The Dates!

Tuesday 30th October 2018

It will be ten years this October since we officially started the British Sake Association, and to celebrate we will be holding a very special Tenth Anniversary Dinner. Details to follow, but please Save The Date of 30th October, for a memorable evening, at SO restaurant, near Piccadilly circus.

Monday 3rd December ; our annual pre-Christmas bonenkai and Grand Tasting at The Star and Garter Hotel, Putney Embankment. SW15

Other autumn dates to be confirmed in due course

We look forward to seeing you soon.


Spring Sake at Salmontini le Resto

Come along to the plush and intimate surroundings of Salmontini’s private dining Room in Belgravia, to taste Tengu Sake’s updated range. Presented by Oliver Hilton-Johnson in his personable and entertaining way, this is an evening not to be missed. For those of you new to sake it will prove to be informative as well as fun: for those who already know sake it will be a chance to try some intriguing new tastes from some of Tengu Sake’s new breweries. http://www.tengusake.com

A range of Salmontini’s signature sushi and smoked salmon will be matched with SIX different sakes.

Salmontini Le Resto 1, Pont Street, London SW1X 9EJ
Tel: 020 7118 19999

When? Wedneday 9th March 2016 From 6.30 (for a 7 pm start) until 8.30
How much? £40 to BSA members: £45 to non-members and guests.

Payment to be made directly to the British Sake Association (not Salmontini)

Reserve your place by e mailing events@britishsakeassociation.org and we’ll send details of making payment directly by BACS

Details of membership of the British Sake Association can be found on the website

Make Your Own Sake: Special Christmas Event

Make Your Own Sake with Marie Cheong-Thong of The Larder At 36.  Following her recent success at the Abergavenny Food Festival, this will be a very special evening featuring Marie’s popular workshop.  Marie will demonstrate how to make a basic sake, simple doburoku, from an old “handed down” secret family recipe – which almost certainly originated in China before eventually finding its way to Japan. More details here:

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Tuesday 1st December 2015 7.00pm to 8.30 pm,

Cost: £35 per person  * to include a basic sake kit value £6


Please book with the British Sake Association, not the venue: events@britishsakeassociation.org