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An exhibition of Okinawan pottery in England



Potter Yoneshi Matsuda, who works out of Kitagama in Yachimun no Sato (the mecca of “yachimun,” or Okinawan pottery) in Yomitan Village, is holding an exhibition in England titled “A Tradition in Okinawan Pottery.” The exhibition runs from Sept. 13 through Oct. 11 at the St. Ives Ceramics gallery in Cornwall.

Matsuda learned his trade from a former protégé of the late British studio potter Bernard Leach (1887-1979), who visited Tsuboya, Naha City, in 1964 and developed a keen interest in Okinawan pottery. “I am very much influenced by Leach,” says Matsuda.

This is Matsuda’s first private exhibition outside of Japan, and he has been working for two years in preparation for it. His exhibition partially coincides with a local art event, the St. Ives September Festival 2013, and from his collection around 80 traditional items such as teacups, anbin (Okinawan teapots) and dachibin (portable Okinawan sake containers) are on display.


Place: St. Ives Ceramics gallery in St. Ives, England
Date: Sept. 13, 2013-Oct.11, 2013
For more information: Visit St. Ives Ceramics’ official site at



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