Tsukamoto's facilities are divided into two areas "main shopping building" and "Tsukamoto Garden". In the main shopping area, you can enjoy a wide range of activities from shopping to leisure, including Tsukamoto Main Shopping building, Gallery Tsukamoto that presents many valuable artists’ pottery, and the Pottery Class where you can experience the spinning wheel, painting and handmaking potteries in the Japanese old style building. You can purchase new Tsukamoto products at "Tsukamoto Garden" which was renewed last year.
The main building displays a large number of day-to-day table wares such as mugs, cups, vases etc in a large relaxing space. You can enjoy shopping a range of pottery from homeware to gifts and souvenirs.
"Gallery Tsukamoto" displays and sells selected works of potters living in Mashiko, including works by the living national treasures of Shoji Hamada and Tatsuzo Shimaoka. The gallery holds an exhibition every month, so you can see the artists' sophisticated works.
Prior to the 1960’s, it was common to fire products using pine firewood in a climbing kiln. A climbing kiln is a series of linked chambers running up a slope. Kiln firing takes about four consecutive days. On the first and second day, the inside moisture will be blown off, and on the third to fourth day, fire is continued overnight. The temperature is gradually increased by adjusting firewood and the amount of air entering into the kiln, until it is raised to about 1300 degrees.
Tsukamoto's skilled craftsperson are making pottery at our workshop where you can sense the 155 years of history and culture of Tsukamoto. The process of pottery production including forming, glazing and firing are consistently executed at the workshop. Newly designed wares are produced here that keep our traditional Mashiko techniques alive.
Approximately 8,000 pieces of "kamakko" are manufactured daily through this production line. These are pots for the famous brand "Togeno Kamameshi" originated by Oginoya. This production secures the tradition of Mashiko ware and sustains the future of ceramic industry.
You can experience Mashiko pottery making under the guidance of skilled Tsukamoto craftsperson. You can chose different techniques ranging from using a potters wheel, hand-twisting pottery and hand painting. Your creation can be a gift for yourself or a friend. Learn the traditional crafts of pottery and make precious memories.
Why don’t you make your original pottery using our spinning potters wheel often used to make the table wares. The feel of clay is very pleasant and almost meditative.
It depends on your own idea of stacking, stretching and patterning of the clay. You can freely create your own wares such as mugs, leaf-shaped dishes, etc ...
Anyone from young to old, you can enjoy this special experience by painting your own picture on the pottery. We have varieties of pottery for painting such as tea/coffee cups and dishes etc ....