Donate: Tatsuzo Relief Fund for Mashiko.

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Mashiko Relief Funds. We visited this spring and saw how much your donations help!

Friday, January 20, 2012

Tatsuzo Shimaoka Workshop Damage In Mashiko, Japan


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You can send an International Postal Money Order to:

 Fudeya Yoshiko
 4089-6 Mashiko, Mashiko-machi, Haga-gun, Tochigi Prefecture, 
Japan 321-4217
Make a note that it is for the Tatsuzo Fund.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Mashiko Pottery Foundation


Shoji Hamada's Noborigama

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After the Earthquake
Ken Matsuzaki writes:
I would like to thank you for your help to rebuild Mashiko. I appreciate very much everyone's favor.Having talked with the Mayer of Mashiko town, we agreed to set up the foundation between NPOs. It is called as "Mashiko Potter Foundation" to be used exclusively for the pottery. We will use it with care not to waste your favors. Please give my regards to everyone who are involved.      Ken Matsuzaki
Please refer to the following for details:
Please send the amount to MPF account listed below,

Account Name : MPF
Bank Name : The Ashikaga Bank,Ltd..
Mashiko branch
Bank Address : 967 Mashiko, Mashiko-machi, Haga-gun
Tochigi-ken, Japan 3214217 Tel:0285-72-2131
SWIFT CODE : ASIKJPJT
Account No. : ordinary account No.195-3009543

More from Ken Matsuzaki:

“Mashiko, the Sacred Place of Mingei”

by Ken Matsuzaki on Saturday, March 19, 2011 at 6:25am
Japan is almost crushed by the Tohoku Huge Earthquake Disaster which we have never experienced before.
In Mashiko, nearly all the Nobori kilns fell down, and Mashiko’s firing is about to go out.
We, potters, cannot help being shocked because the kiln is the soul of us. .
We cannot turn off this fire in “Mashiko, the Sacred Place of Mingei”, “Mashiko, Town of Handcraft”, which Shoji Hamada established. We must keep the smoke coming out of chimneys in Mashiko.
We are asking young potters to rebuild the Nobori kilns.
It is important to help each other to rebuild the kiln. We believe that this young power will revive “Mashiko, Town of Handcraft”
Also, the rebuilding of Mashiko Sankokan Museum, cultural heritage, which Shoji Hamada left, is must.
I will also rebuild my kilns and will do my best to contribute to Mashiko as well as all the places suffering from the Tohoku Disaster.
I would like to ask for your support. Thank you.
Ken Matsuzaki

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Sunday, December 26, 2010

Okinawan Funerary Urns.


Yanagi and Hamada got a call from Okinawa. A bunch of Okinawan Funerary Urns were going to be "plowed under" to make way for a new American airfield. They arrived in time to save a bunch of them. Here are some at Hamada's Museum.
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Friday, April 30, 2010

Monday, August 24, 2009

Mashiko Potter In Minneapolis

I mostly post here now, because I moved to Minnesota: http://mingeisota.blogspot.com/

Tuesday, November 18, 2008