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

Monday, May 08, 2006

Okada Yu/New Yamaguchi Prefecture Intangible Cultural Property

Congratulations are in order for the humble Hagi ceramic artist Okada Yu(formely Yutaka, b.1946.) as he was recently designated a Yamaguchi Prefecture Intangible Cultural Property. I've visited him many times taking visiting groups there and he always explains how he never wanted to be a potter and left the countryside to attend prestigious Keio University in Tokyo. After working for a company upon graduation he then realized a cramped neon life was not for him. He's now the eighth master of Senshu-gama. Some more about Okada and the history of his kiln can be read here:


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