Pottery makers in the western Japanese city of Koka in Shiga Prefecture are busy making dolls for the Girls' Festival on March 3.
The region is known for its pottery called "Shigaraki-yaki," and statues of raccoon dogs.
One of the potters, Kuzuhara Junko, has been making what are known as Hina dolls.
She kneads a lump of clay and cuts out parts for kimono. Pine branch and chrysanthemum patterns are then embossed into the kimono.
Small clay spheres are transformed into faces by carving eyes, nose and mouth with a needle.
After the clay dolls are dried for about ten days, they are painted and baked in a kiln several times.
Kuzuhara says that she makes the dolls, hoping that they will help people think of the coming spring and be uplifted, as many are feeling down amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The doll making will continue till mid-February.