Near the end of the Edo Period (1600–1868), Otsuka Keisaburo constructed a kiln following his training in Kasama. This is believed to be the origin of Mashiko-yaki.
This pottery is made using clay from Mashiko and features kaki-yu and namijiro-yu glazes unique to the area. The glaze is poured on liberally and other traditional techniques used to give this ware a strong-feeling beauty and warm feel to the touch. Mashiko-yaki received the Nationally Designated Traditional Craft Product designation in 1979.
Minister of Economy,Trade and Industry designated traditional crafts
Designated on August 3, 1979. Produced under the Mashiko-yaki Cooperative
4352-2, Mashiko, Mashiko-machi Haga-gun, Tochigi, 321-4217
Mashiko-yaki has devoted fans everywhere thanks to its simple beauty and warm feel to the touch. Increasing numbers of people are taking part in hands-on Mashiko-yaki crafting experiences.