Robert Yellin's Japanese Pottery Blog

Greetings from Kyoto, We've just moved our gallery into a magnificent old Sukiya style home located very near the Silver Pavilion; a stunning area and setting for the inspired ceramic art we share with the world. Please visit us if ever in Kyoto or online at and

Friday, January 20, 2006

2006 Japan Ceramic Society Awards Winners Announced

Today the news was leaked from a Wako board room; the winners of the 2006 Japan ceramic Society Awards were announced to only a few! The prestigious Gold Award was handed to celadon specialist Nakajima Hiroshi(1941-) who fires out of Saga Prefecture. I went to the JCS exhibition yesterday and the attached photo is of a large celadon platter by Nakajima. His name has also been mentioned as a possible future Living National Treasure for celadon, yet who knows for sure. The JCS Prize---only one this year--was given to....drum roll please..............Ichino Masahiko! We've featured Ichino's work on for some years now; he's a genius in my book. A past interview with Ichino can be read on


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