Harvey Young

Harvey Young
Harvey Young is an American and has been in Mashiko more than 25 years.

"I have had my hands in clay for almost my entire life, so I consider it a great privilege to live and work in a country where ceramic arts are held in such high esteem. Mashiko is one of the many towns in Japan, which are famous throughout the world for domestic pottery production. There are very few places on Earth, which have such a high concentration of kilns in an area the size of this town. I came to this country in 1969 for the purpose of learning the potter's craft, Japan style. The decision to do so resulted from a conversation I had, by pure chance, with a world traveler. His fascinating account of life in rural Japan inspired me to take off on a tangent from the existence I had known up to that point. At that time, I could not have imagined the ultimate significance, or the many fortunate consequences of my decision to visit this potter's community."

Mashiko-yaki, the world-renowned pottery, which represents ceramic ware of the Kanto region, is characterized by its simplicity and warmth. Traditional Mashiko-yaki consists of brown works fired in firewood kilns and simple pots decorated with vermilion paint. Modern Mashiko-yaki is based on the traditional style, but is more daring and creative. History of changes can be seen through the beautiful pieces. Today, utilitarian Mashiko-yaki ware is available at reasonable prices. Kiln tour visitors are troubled with too many choices.