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

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

Two Important Tokyo Exhibitions

The Japan Ceramic Society awarded its 2009 Prize to Nakashima Harumi and its Gold Prize to Morino Taimei and to celebrate these awards the two ceramic artists are showing their works in Tokyo at Wako until July 30th: Another exhibition that should be a must for anyone able to visit is the 3rd Contemporary Tea; Freedom of Form at the Mousee Tomo. An illustrious list of who's-who will be exhibiting works and lectures will also be held. The exhibition runs from July 31 until November 7 and please look for photos of the exhibition here next week.

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Akiyama Yo's MOA Museum Okada Mokichi Award

Recently Kyoto ceramic artist Akiyama Yo was awarded the Okada Mokichi Award at Atami's MOA Museum--a truly beautiful museum--and here are a few photos of the five pieces that Akiyama displayed in the main entrance area.

Saturday, July 17, 2010

Kato Kozo-New Living National Treasure

Late night update, as predicted here and on our gallery, Kato Kozo was just named a LNT for his Setoguro (Black Seto) wares; in Japanese: Kato was among five who were named, he the only one for ceramics, a short video in Japanese here announcing the news: and in Kato's prefectural newspaper: The last Gifu-based LNT for ceramics was the late Kato Takuo for sansai-tri-colored wares designated 15 years ago, and before him were only two (Kato's teacher Arakawa Toyozo and porcelain master Tsukamoto Kaiji) thus making Kato the fourth LNT for ceramic art from Gifu.

Thursday, July 08, 2010

Japanese-Inspired Ceramic Art in the UK

"The Devon Guild is delighted to once again host Japan-based potters Peter Seabridge, Tomoko Okuda, Taketoshi Ota and Masahiro Kumagae. A courtyard Japanese gravel garden will be created, sponsored by Jade Pavilions and designed by members of the Japanese Garden Society:

Yakimono 2 15 July - 15 August 2010
A follow-up exhibition to our 2008 showcase of Japanese ceramics

Join us on the 17 July for a Japanese-inspired day at Riverside Mill where you can meet the makers and learn about their work. We will be having Origami and Calligraphy demonstrations, and a chance to see an authentic Tea Ceremony."