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japanese schools of pottery

updated sat 5 apr 08


mel jacobson on fri 4 apr 08

please folks, understand that there are many very famous
schools of pottery in japan. very famous.
mingei is just one of them.

in fact, according to kyoto potters of is a small school.
and, many think that it is based on korean farmer pots...and
do not care much for it.

if you compare the key/u/mizu school in kyoto to mingei...well
there is no comparison.

it is just a school/philosophy/idea, and there are many.

each school is confident that their's is the very best.

mr. hamada was a fine /potter/ chemist/business man. he made mashiko famous.
mr. shimaoka followed in that wonderful tradition. and for sure
will be considered one of the best japan has ever known.

but, do not assume that all japanese are in love with mingei.
it is just another style of pottery.

i had many people ask me how i was able to make those
farmer pots...that is showed in my exhibitions in japan...and many
said...`stick with what you learn from mr. uchida...those
pots are far superior.` and you can assume, if those people
where at a show/mr. uchida was behind...they knew what to
look for. pure white, clean pattern. almost nordic.
just another way to make pots.
and, there are many.
no right way...just lots of ways.

from minnetonka:
clayart site:

Lee on fri 4 apr 08

It is interesting, similar to how Leach is more highly
respected in Japan than America.

In the surveys of potters, gallery and museum people, Tomimoto was
ranked as the most influential potter. Hamada is ranked 10th
When ranked as most favorite, Shoji Kamoda, Mashiko's best kept secret
is #`1. Hamada does not make the top 17. You can see it here and

Isamu Noguchi is one of my main influences along with his friend,
Alexander Calder. I just reserved a book for my presentation on the
22nd. It is the catalog by Louis Cort related to Noguchi and the
huge influence he had on sculptural clay in Japan. When I grow up
like Tony, I will get back to the sculpture I was doing before I
became a potter :

Louis Corts book:


1 Tomimoto Kenkichi

2 Yagi Kazuo

3 Itaya Hazan

4 Kato Tokuro

5 Kawai Kanjiro

6 Kamoda Shoji

7 Kaneshige Toyo

8 Arakawa Toyozo

9 Kitaoji Rosanjin

10 Hamada Shoji

11 Ishiguro Munemaru

12 Okabe Mineo

13 Koie Ryoji

14 Suzuki Osamu (Sodeisha)

15 Miwa Ryosaku

16 Kawakita Handeshi

17 Fujimoto Yoshimichi

18 Yamada Hikaru

19 Raku Kichizaemon XV

20 ato Hajime

21 Kiyomizu Rokubee V

22 Koyama Fujio

23 Nakazato Muan

24 Fujiwara Kei

25 Miwa Kyusetsu Xl

26 Kiyomizu Rokubee Vl

27 Kumakura Junkichi

28 Shimizu Uichi

29 Tsuji Seimei

30 Yanagihara Mutsuo

31 Yamamoto Toshu

32 Akiyama Yo, Araki Takako, Isamu Noguchi, Kato Takuo, Kondo Yuzo,
Sakaida Kakiemon XIV, Takiguchi Kazuo, Tokuda Yasokichi III, and
Fukami Sueharu

Click image or name (when available) for more.

1 Kamoda Shoji

2 Yagi Kazuo

3 Okabe Mineo

4 Kitaoji Rosanjin

5 Ishiguro Munemaru

6 Kawakita Handeshi

7 Kawai Kanjiro

8 Kaneshige Toyo

9 Tomimoto Kenkichi

10 Kakurezaki Ryuichi

11 Kuriki Tatsusuke

12 Takiguchi Kazuo

13 Nakamura Rokuro

14 Fujihira Shin

15 Miwa Kyusetsu XI

16 Miwa Ryosaku

17 Yamada Hikaru

Lee, a Mashiko potter in Minneapolis

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