Coffee Mug From Endo Kiln (NDO-020)

About Mashiko Pottery

Mashiko is a town located about 3 hours northeast of Tokyo by train. Its signature style of pottery was defined largely by Shoji Hamada and British potter Bernard Leach in the 1920s. Hamada and Leach also helped to establish "Mingei," the Japanese folk art movement of the 1920s and '30s, following its inception by their friend Yanagi Soetsu, a philosopher and artist. Hamada's collection of Japanese ceramics and lacquerware, alongside his own considerable body of work, were instrumental in defining Mingei and establishing the techniques of Mashiko style pottery, which are now practiced at 380 kilns in the area.

Due to its abundant natural resources, Mashiko was a center of pottery production even before Hamada's work there. The hilly terrain is perfect for building "noborigama," or multi-chambered climbing kilns; the hills themselves are forested with "akamatsu" pine trees, whose hot-burning wood is used to fire the ceramics; and local soils, minerals, and plant ashes are often used to make Mashiko's characteristic glazes.

About The Artist

After earning a law degree and becoming a banker in Tokyo, Taro Endo set out to pursue a career as a potter in Mashiko. Starting an apprenticeship in 2000, at the age of 26, Endo studied for 6 years before beginning to produce ceramics under his own name. His folksy and inventive shapes are complemented by a concise range of decorative motifs, grounded by his proprietary "Doro-Namijiro" glaze -- the result of a years-long search for perfect, natural white.

- Dimensions: 3.25" across x 4" tall

Made in Japan