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

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Shigaraki--How it Once Was Done.....

A few years ago I found a really neat book published in Showa 8 (1933) showing black and white drawings of the way potters used to work in Shigaraki. In the coming week I'll upload some to this blog in the series of how the process worked back then; of course it was a process defined by a division of labor, there were the clay diggers, the clay processors, the wedgers, etc....and that will be clear by viewing the photos. The book was written by Ono Kenichiro and it titled Shigaraki-yaki Zukai.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Magical Vessels--Shimura Noriyuki

Eighty quite unique and inspired 'mythical' vessels by Shimura Noriyuki online at from next week...stay tuned!