(Updated in January 2023)
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 believed that the friendship can be fostered only by sharing both time and place and decided not to change the contents. After a two-year delay, we carried out this program from 19th July to 17th September 2022. Please find how their apprenticeship was on their social media.
You can watch the movie of their “Mashiko & St Ives Talk Show” (held on 27th November 2022) with Roelof Uys (lead potter at the Leach Pottery / artist in residence in autumn 2022) from below.
＊We have finished the “Explanatory Meeting & Talk” and accepting the applications for the "Leach Pottery Apprenticeship Program 2020".