Mashiko is a town in Tochigi Prefecture that has been made famous as a
pottery centre since the arrival there of Hamada Shoji in 1930. It has been a
centre of pottery from the Jomon and Yayoi periods but it was really in 1853
when Otsuka Keizaburo discovered clay at Otsusawa and built a kiln there that
modern day making can be traced. Before Hamadas arrival the pottery was
utilitarian ware but since he gained international fame the area has
attracted artist potters producing one off pieces. Today there are around 380
potters working in and around the town, with many originally from other parts
of Japan and elsewhere.
WORK IN STOCK
Please note that potters names are shown with the family name first as is
usual in Japan.