Monday, December 17, 2012


Here is a short video of Hagi potter, Sakakura Shinbei XV that is part of a TV special on the potter from NHK Television. The Sakakura family has been making pottery for a long while and are a dynasty in Hagi, headed by the XV in recent times. His great-grandfather XII (1881-1960) is among my favorite Hagi potters and his work has that classic and timeless quality about it. Sakakura Shinbei XV is well known for his large handbuilt pieces as well as his tea oriented works, works that follow in the traditional footsteps of the previous generations of the Sakakura family.