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Leach Pottery Apprenticeship Program

(Updated in July 2022)

In 1920, young Japanese potter Shoji Hamada went to St Ives, U.K. with the British potter Bernard Leach. They built a climbing kiln there and opened the Leach Pottery.

Mashiko town was planning to send two emerging Mashiko potters to the Leach Pottery in 2020, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the Leach Pottery and aiming to raise emerging Mashiko potters. However, due to the global spread of the new coronavirus infection (COVID-19), unfortunately this was not realized in 2020.

We believe that the friendship can be fostered only by sharing both time and place and decided not to change the contents, but to postpone the timing in a safer future. Now two years passed, we feel the things are returning to normal. We carry out this program this year.

However, due to the international situation, we could not get the visas as initially scheduled. Therefore, we change the period of apprenticeship as below. We hope you keep an eye on them through their social media.

Period of apprenticeship: scheduled for 8th June to 4th September 202224th June to 4th September 202220th July to 16th September 2022.

Tomo Enokida
(Enokida Pottery)

Muneaki Iwashita
(Iwashita Pottery)


*We have finished the “Explanatory Meeting & Talk” and accepting the applications for the "Leach Pottery Apprenticeship Program 2020".