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, September 03, 2010

The Musee Tomo Prize: Contemporary Ceramics for the Tea Ceremony Continued

This was in today's Japan Times about the fabulous Musee Tomo exhibition: and a few additional photos I took....

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Kutani's Tokuda Yasokichi The Fourth!

Flipping through the local newspaper the other day I came across an ad for an exhibition at Seibu Department store in Numazu. It was to commemorate yet another time-honored bequeathment; this time for Kutani's Tokuda family. Last year YasokichiIII passed away and this year his eldest daughter became YasokichiIV (b.1961). This is quite a rare occasion as I can't recall offhand the last time a daughter took over a family's kiln, let alone such a name. The gallery space was quite small with only about two dozen works on display; I found them to have a softer touch then YasokichiIII's work, the tones were lighter with the forms being generally the same. Her red Kutani wall plate I felt was not yet a finished work and shows the need for her to develop her brush skills further. Nonetheless a very monumental time in Kutani's history and for the Tokuda family; I wish her well.