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  • Rozan Kiln
    Travel / Tourism
    Ogawauchiyama, Imari city, Saga prefecture
    The history of the traditional Ironabe-shima Ware and Rozan Kiln began in the Edo period, when the Nabeshima family, lords of the Hizen Province’s Nabeshima domain decided to make a gift of pottery. The materials used to color each finished piece (Iroe-jiki) are carefully selected for their calming and beautiful traits. The traditional techniques and the workers’ response to the changing times can be seen clearly in their work. The kiln is approximately ten minutes by car from the Chikuhi Line’s Kami-Imari Station.
  • Pottery Gallery Shimairo
    Travel / Tourism
    Okinawa Pref. Urumashi Yonashirotoubaru 428-6
    Pottery Gallery Shimairo standing in a peaceful village surrounded by sugar cane fields on Miyagi Island is a pottery studio and gallery shop owned by Katsushi Shimabukuro, a pottery artist. In the studio on the first floor, the pottery’s manufacturing process can be observed up close. In a gallery on the second floor, a range of pottery from vessels and flower vases with monotone colors to plates and cups with light and gentle earthy colors are displayed and sold. A shaved ice shop next to the studio uses crockery made at Pottery Gallery Shimairo.
  • Kutani Kosen Pottery Kiln
    26 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Ishikawa Pref. Kanazawashi Nomachi 5-3-3
    This is a long-established store continuing since 1870, located at the “Kutani-yaki” pottery, a craft representative of Ishikawa Prefecture. All the work is completed by hand from molding the clay to the first kiln, second firing and decorating with glaze, and the techniques of old Kokutani and revived Kutani continued to be protected even today. In addition to being able to see the manufacturing process in the workshop, visitors are able to experience painting a design to make their very own original piece. There is an exhibition room with a variety of kiln artwork, and pieces from traditional style to those of everyday use are for sale. The nearest station is Nomachi Station.

    We stopped in as a group as my wife is into porcelain painting. The owner of the kiln spoke good English and was very happy to take the time to show us the process of making the pottery. They...

  • Yumachigama
    9 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Matsueshi Tamayuchouyumachi 965
    Yumachigama is a pottery shop and studio workshop located in the immediate vicinity of Tamatsukuri-Onsen Station. Opened in 1922, the pottery makes the Fujinayaki style of ceramics which flourished in the home territory of the seventh lord of the Matsue Domain, Matsudaira Fumai, who was also well known as being a master in the tea ceremony. Fujinayaki is characterized by its honey color which comes from the yellow glaze called ouyu (literally, “yellow glaze”), and its blue color which comes from the blue glaze called namakoyu (literally, “sea cucumber glaze”. The plump designs which express the warmth of the work done by hand are also very appealing. The shop’s ‘egg baker’ whose design was completed with the help of the British potter, Bernard Leach, is a popular piece.


  • Moriyama-gama
    Travel / Tourism
    Shimane Pref. Odashi Yunotsuchouyunotsu A 3-2
    This is the kiln run by Masao Moriyama, the last apprentice of Kawai Kanjiro. Devoted to beauty and ease of use, the work here gives a sense of warmth.
  • Houkokusha Shibukusa-yaki Pottery Works
    Gifu Pref. Takayamashi Kamininomachi 63
    This porcelain shop is a little to the east of Kajibashi Bridge. Founded in 1841 and run by Houkokusha, to this day they continue to make hand painted Shibukusa-yaki chinaware. This is the only place Houkokusha’s products are available. Since everything is meticulously hand painted, their pieces aren’t cheap, but they’re high quality. People often give them as gifts, and Japanese people sometimes choose them as a reward for participating in the “countryside tax system. Their hallmark product is a tea bowl painted with chrysanthemums inside and out. If you hold it up to the light you can see how beautifully the patterns are rendered.
  • Zoho-Gama
    Travel / Tourism
    Gifu Pref. Tajimishi Taiheichou 6-87
    This is the studio of Koizumi Zoho, the head of a family that has served the local shrine since the Edo Period. It's five minutes by car from the either Tajimi Interchange on Chuo Expressway or the north exit of JR Tajimi Station. The quality of work they aim for is neither like inexpensive mass-produced items, nor expensive works of art, but somewhere right in the middle. They put particular energy into their rice bowls. Through the trial and error approach of their artisans, they've produced every possible shape and pattern of rice bowl imaginable. The red paint made over a thousand-day period from a pigment known as “benigara looks gorgeous and becomes more subdued as time passes.
  • Sotoen
    1 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Shiga Pref. Koukashi Shigarakichounagano 1423-13
    A Shigaraki ware studio located in Nagano Shigaraki-cho, Koka City. The studio sells Shigaraki ware using 11 chambers, 30-meter-long climbing kiln, one of the largest in Japan, built along the slop of a mountain. The studio also holds ceramics classes and classes on making your very own ceramic tanuki raccoon figurine (reservation is required).

    信楽窯元散策路の「窯場坂」から少し外れたところにある窯元。広い駐車場がある。 こちらには江戸時代に築かれた登り窯があり、事務所に一声かければ見学可能。焼き物に興味がない人でも巨大な窯に圧倒されるであろう。この窯は現役で今でも信楽焼が作られており、その作品は売店で購入することができる。信楽で一番の見所と言っても過言ではない。

  • Ichiyougama
    3 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Okayama Pref. Bizenshi Imbe 670
    Ichiyougama Kiln, a source kiln for Bizen pottery, is located along the Sanyo Road in Inbe in the city of Bizen. Visitors can view the process of making Bizen pottery in the onsite studios: creating the clay, forming on the potter’s wheel, and during the semi-annual firing of the kiln in spring and autumn, they can see pottery being put into and removed from the kiln.


    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Pref. Iyoguntobechou Kitakawage 714
    This pottery studio creates Tobe-ware porcelain said to be so fine the white is almost translucent. Gosu, an indigo blue pigment, is used to paint seasonal flowers and patterns on the smooth white porcelain. In the attached gallery space, you'll find works on display and for sale including cups, teacups, dinnerware, vases for flower arranging, pen holders, chopstick holders, porcelain buttons, and more. The simple and natural feel of the works of art will make you feel that meal times are more enjoyable.
  • Toshoka
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Otsu 1810-1
    "A pottery studio located in Okawachi-cho, Imari City. From the Edo through the Meiji periods, this studio was an official supplier of pottery to the bygone Nabeshima Domain and is also one of the studios in Okawauchiyama which has been included in the ""Okawachi Nabeshima Kiln Sites"" National Historic Site listing. The studio sells pottery made using traditional techniques, incorporating modern designs, and decorated by the hand of the studio head."
  • Ironabeshima Kobogama Okawachi Gallery
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Pref. Imarishi Okawachichou Otsu 1175-3
    A pottery studio and shop located in Okawachiyama, mountain village of Nabeshima ware, in Okawachi-cho, Imari City. The owner has studied the colorful Iro-Nabeshima variety of Nabeshima ware for close to 30 years and here customers can purchase original pieces crafted with the masterful techniques acquired through this journey. A fun place just to come and look around, the studio’s shop is filled with beautiful small dishes decorated using pattern paper as well as free hand designs.
  • Ichirizuka Hongyo Kiln
    Travel / Tourism
    Aichi Seto-shi Ichirizukacho 27
    "About five minutes on foot from the Ichirizuka bus stop, this well-preserved Meiji period kiln has inherited the Seto technique of making pottery with a white finish from highly heat-resistant clay. There is also a ""climbing kiln"" on the mountain slope, and in 2017 the pottery production area was certified as a Japanese Heritage. The studio has lots of clay vessels waiting to be fired. You can also try your hand at making one using a potter's wheel. The program takes about an hour, making it a good place to spend some quiet time with clay."
  • Kiyoshi-Gama Porcelain
    Travel / Tourism
    Ehime Iyo-gun Tobecho Gohonmatsu 364
    This ceramic kiln is on prefectural route 53 in Gohonmatsu, Tobe town, Iyo district. They make the local specialty Tobe-yaki pottery, and display and sell it. This kiln is unusual in its adoption of glazing techniques adopted from Arita-yaki pottery, and they sell Tobe-yaki pottery with modern design motifs.
  • Taisetsu-gama
    Travel / Tourism
    Hokkaido Asahikawa-shi Asahigaoka 2-9
    The oldest potter in Asahikawa. They continue to make pieces that show the nature of Hokkaido and the changing of the seasons. They use the Crystal Glaze technique, which was passed on to the third generation of Taisetsugama and was inspired by the idea of snow and ice. Various conditions including the composition of the glaze and the temperature of the kiln cause parts of the glaze to appear as crystal. The inconsistency of the amount of crystallization is part of the attraction. In their workshop, surrounded by vibrant colors including the fresh greens of spring or the changing autumn colors, they offer workshops in making teacups and coffee cups.
  • Sansuke-yaki Kiln
    Travel / Tourism
    Toyama Tonami-shi Fukuyama 326
    This kiln in Tonami city, which is known as a city of tulips and dispersed settlements, has been firing pottery for 150 years. They use locally sources clay, and glaze it with oils from local vegetation, for all their pottery. The pale but deep green glaze, made with generations of tradition, is a unique one. They also offer pottery classes on request. Reservations are required, so please call in advance.
  • Oshugama
    Travel / Tourism
    Fukuoka Pref. Omutashi Kusagi 441-1
  • nichikokenkama Pottery Class
    Leisure / Hobbies
    Miyagi Pref. Tomeshi Toyomamachiteraike Sakurakouji 103
  • Kouraku Kiln
    6 Reviews
    Travel / Tourism
    Saga Nishimatsuura Arita Cho Maruo Hei 2512

    I was given a tour of the factory here at Kouraku Kiln, by Sebastiao. It was amazing to learn about the pottery process that they use and see it in action - start to end of the process (I am...

  • Yamadera yaki nagasesuebo
    Travel / Tourism
    Yamagata Pref. Yamagatashi Yamadera Kawahara-cho, 4469

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