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Tobe porcelain

H. 9 x dia. 21.5 cm


Tobe Yaki; Tobe porcelain, in a wider sense it means the porcelain produced in a small town of Tobe (located near a city of Matsuyama in Ehime prefecture of Shikoku island in Japan). There are around 80 active pottery studios. In principle the Tobe artists use the clay made with the locally mined porcelain stone. The story of pottery production in Tobe goes back over 1000 years ago, and as an established pottery (mainly porcelain) town, there is over 240 years of history. It is handmade and hand-painted.



Takayasu Nishioka (Tobe Collective)

Takayasu Nishioka is part of the newly formed 'Tobe Collective'.


The Tobe Collective is a group of 6 Japanese potters from the pottery town of Tobe in the southern island of Shikoku. With more than 1000 years of pottery history, Tobe has a rich mix of potters who have a variety of styles. Bernard Leach visited Tobe after WWII, and his visit still remains one of the biggest influences of modern times.


Tobe Collective is the brainchild of the project’s creators – TICEP, Tobe International Ceramic Exchange Program – which they’ve been working on for the past 4 years.


“Tradition is one of the most important things for Japanese potters. It is a thing we always respect and hold dear, but what makes Tobe Collective unique is how the potters try to “evolve” while still respecting their tradition,” says Mamiko. 


This newly formed group, which first presented their work together outside of Tobe at the London Design Fair this year, 

present these extremely talented yet unearthed potters and their works from one of the oldest pottery towns in Japan.

Black Shizuku Bowl | Dia. 21.5 cm | By Takayasu Nishioka (Tobe Collective)

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