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, May 29, 2009

Edo is Not Old.......Part II

Continuing with some photos from the previous entry......

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Edo is Not Old.......

Last Sunday--May 17th--the Mishima branch of the national Japan Ceramic Society (Nihon Toji Kyokai, in Japanese only: held a special event, that being a lecture by Aichi Prefecture Ceramic Museum's chief curator Inoue Kikuo alongside an exhibition of fine old pots belonging to Mishima members, myself included. Inoue gave a fine talk--despite not being able to hook up his Mac for slides!--on early 8th century to 16th century pottery, notaby styles that oringinated in the Seto region. I had to leave the lecture halfway as we all had to 'monitor' the exhibition room where each member brought in a piece or two from their collections. Wow, some really neat old jars dating from the Yayoi peried to 19th century Edo, with styles such as Atsumi, Tokoname, Bizen, and Seto. I brought in a Muromachi period Bizen jar that is now seen on our gallery at After the lecture Inoue walked around the exhibition commenting on each piece; he picked up one 19th century Seto mizusashi and said this is very young! All agreed, yes quite new that one is and they didn't even pay any attention to a 1960s Bizen chawan! For a pot to be old here it has to be at least 300 years okd, preferably early 1700s and backwards. Here are a few photos from the exhibition with parts two and three to follow, I can only upload five photos here. The Aichi Prefecture Ceramic Museum home page is:

Monday, May 11, 2009

Koinuma Michio--Significant Objects--Exhibition

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