Mashiko ware is ceramic ware made in the town of Mashiko in Tochigi Prefecture. Historically speaking, the first pottery was made in Mashiko from the end of the Edo era (around the 1860s), when the potter Keizaburo Otsuka, who had been working in the famous pottery area of Kasama in neighbouring Ibaraki Prefecture, discovered suitable clay for pottery in Mashiko Town and started operating there. The main objects produced were everyday items like pots and vessels of various kinds. As it was close to the Greater Tokyo area, the items sold well and the town prospered.
When the Great Kanto Earthquake of 1924 destroyed huge amounts of pottery, Mashiko ware sold in great quantities again. It was at this time that the potter Shoji Hamada moved to Mashiko, and raised Mashiko ware from the level of everyday items, to art. During the Pacific War (1941-45), when the Japanese state requisitioned its citizen’s metal objects in order to make weapons, people turned again to ceramics.
Mashiko ware, with its plump appearance, remains popular for its suitability in all kinds of cooking.
Many hundreds of ceramic artists, Japanese and foreign alike, move to Mashiko to create pottery. While Japanese people are often shy and reticent in front of strangers, Mashiko people readily accept newcomers and soon make friends with them. If you come to visit, stay a few days, and talk to the locals, you’ll feel just like you live in Japan.
Reservations for ceramics activities can be made at the Masahiko Tourism Association.
TEL: 0285-70-1120 (from 8:30am though 7pm)
The Mashiko Reference Collection Museum was established by Mr. Shoji Hamada, wishing to share the crafts he had collected and referred, with general people so that the collection would be good ‘reference’ for them.
Founded in 1974
Opened in 1977
Shoji’s World---his eyes and hands
Mashiko Pottery is the origin of folk pottery.
Mashiko has known to the world since Shoji settled in this place.
Using Mashiko’s clay and glaze, he had made lots of pottery to express his ideal,
soul of ‘mingei’or folk crafts.
At the same time, Shoji collected lots of folk crafts from all over the world,
old and new alike and got inspiration from them and made use for his production.
At the museum, the collection is displayed together with the works of himself, and of his close friends, Barnard Leach and Kanjiro Kawai.
The large farmhouse with a thatched roof where he lived, the studio where he worked, the climbing kiln------they are open to the public and you can see and feel the spirit of the Folk Crafts Movement.
|Hours Open||9:30 am ～5:00 pm ( entry by 4:30 pm)|
28 of December～4 of January
Ｅａｒｌy February(closed for one to two weeks due to change of exhibition)
Please be aware of temporary closing.
|Adress||3388 Mashiko, Mashiko town,
Haga-gun, Tochigi-ken, 321-3388
|Admission Fee||Adults(individuals) \800 Adults(group for over 20 people) \700
Junior high school students(individuals) \400
Junior high school students(group for over 20 people) \300
Children of elementary school and under are FREE.
|Parking||Free 30 cars|
|Official site||Link to the Mashiko Reference Collection Museum>>|
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