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

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Greetings, For those who may visit this very dormant page please know more updates are found on our Facebook page at: Today's post on the Okabe Mineo exhibition is worth seeing.

Sunday, July 01, 2012

Most Updates....

Greetings from Kyoto, Into summer we go with some good rain blessing the city today. Hope this finds any readers of this quite dormant blog happy, healthy and inspired by nature and beauty each day. Just a quick note that many more updates and photos are posted to our Facebook page, so if interested to see some news and photos on a more constant pace then please go to this link and click 'Like': 1000 domos, Robert

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Cool Seihakuji--Kubota Rekkou

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

Cool Seihakuji

The cool Seihakuji World of Kubota Rekkou (Yasuyoshi) starting on the 17th; lots of smaller handheld works to cool the body and senses. Also, two new Okayama Intanglible Cultural Properties for Bizen-yaki were recently named, coincidentally(?) both are sons of former Living National Treasures; Kaneshige Kosuke and Yamamoto Izuru.

Tuesday, March 06, 2012

A neat video......

A video sponsored by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs to show the world various special aspects of Japanese culture, I was chosen to show a few artistic sides; the photo is of the film crew and executive staff: and

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

" I must, kore kara......"

Please watch and contribute to this worthy cause:

Monday, January 30, 2012

Japan Ceramic Society Prize Winner's Exhibition

Each year around this time the Japan Ceramic Society (JCS) holds its largest exhibition highlighting the works of winners of it prestigious JCS Prize and Gold Prize; a list of past winners--in Japanese only though--can be found here: I've been attending this event for many years, yet didn't think I'd be able to make this one--held at Wako, Ginza from Jan.27-Feb.2--due to my move further away from Tokyo down to Kyoto. Yet as fate had it I had to be in Tokyo for one overnight for a narration gig and thus took the opportunity to visit Wako; I just wish I had my camera with me, and as such please pardon the low-quality mobile phone photos. Forty-four artists were displaying a number of work in their respective styles and forms, truly one of the finest exhibitions to view such a broad range of mostly musuem quality work in one setting. On top of that, Wako is the best space of any 'department' store in Tokyo, although they don't like to think of themselves as a department store. In any event, as always the space was perfect in lighting and balance for the 100 or so works on display that ranged from multi-million yen chawan from Raku Kichizaemon XV and Suzuki Osamu(rare faceted Black Seto) to whimsical chopstick rests from personal favorite Takiguchi Kazuo. This year I thought the overall selection was better than any previous years possibly due to the horrendous year Japan experienced last year, and thus the artists wanted to lighten the spirits of visitors with the best works. Most did, including a splendid Ogawa Machiko large slab, elegant porcelain by Maeta Akihiro and a superb Bizen 'vase' by Kaneshige Kousuke. One work that I thought was classic for this artist, yet *way* overpriced, was a box by Eguchi Katsumi, come to think of it it might have been the most expensive work in the exhibition! A similar work, though, is in the permanent collection of the V&A: Overall the variety, quality, and visions of all the artists was inspiring to see.

Japan Ceramic Society Winner's Exhibition Additional Photos...