Mashiko Images Gallery 7 images Created 19 May 2009
Mashiko is a town located in Tochigi, and is well known for its dstinctive type of pottery called Mashikoyaki. Mashikoyaki is often thought of as a simple and rustic in style, brown with red glaze, but modern pottery made in Mashiko today is found in many styles because of the creative freedom brought to Mashiko by Shoji Hamada. Mashikoyaki was developed when a local potter discovered that area clay here was ideal for ceramics. The style was popularized when Hamada, later designated as a Living National Treasure, set up a kiln in Mashiko.