[Region] Mashiko Town, Tochigi Prefecture
[Summary] Founded in the late Edo period by Keizaburo Otsuka, who invited Chohei Tanaka of Kasama ware as a leader. At that time, Kasama ware was the only pottery in the Kanto region, and production increased. After that, the lifestyle changed and the overproduction of crude products temporarily declined, but it was revived due to reconstruction demand after the Great Kanto Earthquake. After that, Shoji Hamada settled down and became famous for folk art pottery. Various fields of pottery are produced, such as folk art-like pottery that descends from Shoji Hamada and pottery that has a strong unique flavor. Production areas include Moka City in Tochigi Prefecture, Mashiko Town, Haga County, Ichikai Town, and Motegi Town. Close to Kasama. Living National Treasures include Shoji Hamada and Tatsuzo Shimaoka , a Jomon inlay artist. There are various techniques such as flowing, flowing, persimmon glaze, salt glaze, kneading, and Jomon inlay. Currently, there are about 250 kilns and about 50 shops, and various types of pottery are produced and sold.
Nagashikake is a method of removing the glaze using a ladle or other container and pouring it over the pottery work. It is difficult to hang it consistently, and you cannot hang it neatly unless you get used to it.
[Find out more about Mashiko ware (links)]
Mashiko ware database project This is a database of artists active in Mashiko.
Mashiko Town Tourism Association A lot of tourist data about Mashiko Town is available.
Direct bus from Kanto Yakimono Liner Akihabara to Kasama/Mashiko. It's a bit difficult to get to by train, but it's easier by bus.