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.