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Yachimun – Pottery from Okinawa

06 – 16 June

Okinawa, the southernmost prefecture of Japan comprised of hundreds of islands, was once a kingdom (Ryūkyū) which was an important trading nation for surrounding countries such as Japan and China. Because of its placing, Ryūkyū was culturally influenced by various trading partners.

Once Ryūkyū was invaded by Shimazu, a province of Japan in 1609, Korean potters were invited to produce potteries using local clay. Since then, Okinawan potteries has developed its characters through the years. After the World War Ⅱ, because of the regulations for wood firing kilns in town, potters were forced to find new locations. One of the important ones are now based in a village called Yomitan where approximately 40 kilns are creating their masterpieces year round.

About a year and half ago, I visited a few pottery studios there. In this exhibitions, a very limited stock will be available from three potters I have selected. I hope many of you can visit the shop to see these pieces from the Japanese paradise!

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Momosan Shop 79a Wilton Way, London E8 1BG
Thursday – Sunday:  11:00 – 18:00

 

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