Statement by the Representative Trustee

Firing at dawn in Mashiko
Firing at dawn in Mashiko

 On 1st March 2012, we established the Mashiko Society of International Activities.


 Mashiko has a relatively short history of 130 years as the pottery center in Japan. However its name is widely known throughout the world due to the “Mingei movement” led by Muneyoshi Yanagi, and the pottery production by Bernard Leach and Shoji Hamada.


 Today, we can communicate with people around the world on a real time basis and we believe that sending out messages to the world is even more important to “pass on” Mashiko to the next generation.


 The Mashiko Society of International Activities sends out messages through our core activity – exhibition. We can then link pottery artists and the world, cultivate the younger artists by having artists see and touch the multi-cultures of the world, seed the opportunity for new encounters through pottery works, and contribute to the development of pottery art work of Mashiko and the world.


 1st March 2012

 The Mashiko Society of International Activities

 Representative Trustee Ken Matsuzaki


What's New !

1 May 13 Renamed "The Mashiko Pottery International Association" ("MPIA"), having a special adviser, an adviser and a trustee.
14 June 12

By the courtesy of the Tiendschuur Museum in the Netherlands, donation was made to Mashiko Reference Museum in the name of the Tiendschuur Museum, Special Committee and MSIA. Please see a photo with Mayor posted in the Reference Museum Reconstruction Foundation site.

8 May 12

We would express our heartfelt sympathy to the people who have suffered from a tornade on Sunday 6 May. For further information, please see Mashiko town site.

7 May 12

Thank you for many orders. Sales of Hamada's charity T-shirts finished. 

27 Apr.12

'Mashiko Spring Pottery Fair' starts! Period: 28 Apr (Sat) - 6 May (Sun). For access and town guide, please see here (English / Japanese).

4 Apr.12

Hamada's charity T-shirts on sale now! See Hamada's lesson for life.

11 Mar.12 

"Mashiko Special Exhibition" at the Tiendschuur museum successfully closed.

1 Mar.12 The Mashiko Society of International Activities was inicorporated.
10 Dec.11

"Mashiko Special Exhibition" at the Tiendschuur museum opened.


Dutch ceramic magazine KLEI November issue was published with the special article “keramiekdorp Mashiko (Japan) (Ceramic Village Mashiko)”.