(updated in February 2021)
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 believe that the friendship can be fostered only by sharing both time and place and decided not to change the contents, but to postpone the timing in a safer future as below. Your continued support and understanding for this program will be greatly appreciated.
Period of apprenticeship:
scheduled for 15th May to 10th August 2020. → scheduled for the year 2022
＊We have finished the “Explanatory Meeting & Talk” and accepting the applications for the "Leach Pottery Apprenticeship Program 2020".