Gallery 2: Ceramics Residency

Shinsuke Iwami
Ceramics Residency
and Master Classes:
Brookhouse Pottery

2 April – 30 April



David and Margaret Frith are internationally renowned potters with excellent relationships with the ceramics community in the UK and Japan. For Japanese Style : Sustaining Design they have invited the renowned potter Shinsuke Iwami from Mashiko to undertake a residency and masterclasses at their well-furnished ceramics studio at Brookhouse Pottery on the outskirts of Denbigh giving an unique opportunity for Ruthin Craft Centre to extend the reach of the exhibition. Contact Brookhouse Pottery for details: 01745 812 805.

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A Postcard Pack accompanies this exhibition


Kagure Postcard Pack

The Kagure postcard pack consists of 12 postcards and a bilingual folding leaflet, printed on recycled papers and contained inside a Kraft washer fastening envelope. The postcard pack celebrates the artists of Kagure, Urban Research and their Japanese ethical design initiative.

All books are available from the Retail Gallery Ruthin Craft Centre or by mail-order. Postage and packaging costs will apply. Please call or email for details. 

To order, contact us:
+44 (0)1824 704774
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Park Road, Ruthin, 
Denbighshire, Wales, UK
LL15 1BB
01824 704 774
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Open daily from 10.00am – 5.30pm.
FREE admission.
FREE on-site parking.

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Gallery 2: Kagure

Kagure, Urban Research is a Japanese ethical design initiative that specialises in working with crafts people whose practice has a strong commitment to sustainable development, and whose work reflects the traditions of the medium in which they work. They aim to lead a ‘local, sustainable life style, and a connection with the earth, even in the city’. 

The exhibition follows the design philosophy of their Tokyo gallery by using recycled industrial timber to display indigo dyed textiles by Tomoko Suzuki; metal work by Yasuto Suzuki of Omoto; ceramics by Yasutake Konno, Chie Kodaka, Eiji Matsumura and Morito Tatsuruhama; Iron and wood craft by Starnet and Takeshi Unno; wooden objects by Kei Kashiwagi; bamboo objects by Saya Okihara, Kazuho Shimomoto and Yoshiko Endo and baskets by Shoichi Nishiyama.

Gallery 2: Takahiro Kondo

Gallery 2 will also show INOCHI NO UTSUWA, works from a Tohoku project initiated by Takahiro Kondo. Takahiro Kondo has strong ties to the region, partly through his wife, whose family is from Sendai, and he has been giving summer workshops in ceramics in Tohoku for some 10 years.

In the aftermath of the earthquake and tsunami, Takahiro Kondo visited the area to see what he, as an artist, might do to help. Working with a group of local people, he and his assistant Takagi coordinated everyone's efforts to produce some 1200 pieces of functional ceramics in the space of about a month. Participating in the process of making the ceramics has been as important as the works produced, and has hopefully helped everyone involved focus on renewal and hope in the aftermath of the disaster.  A small portion of the works produced are now being exhibited and sold, with the proceeds going to two local non-profit organizations:

Mizumori no sato (Shichikashuku) – an environmental education organization based in Miyagi Prefecture whose activities directly support locally affected areas and communities.

Tokyo Jiyu Daigaku – an educational organization that supports “Inochi no utsuwa” by organising programs and other activities.

Takahiro Kondo is a well known artist from Kyoto, working primarily with clay. He has exhibited widely in Japan and internationally, but this is his first exhibition in Wales.  

Gallery 2: Shinsuke Iwami

This exhibition introduces Shinsuke Iwami to Wales and the U.K. Born in Tokyo in 1964, Shinsuke Iwami graduated from Tama Art University in 1989. In 1995 he moved to Mashiko to study under Nakayama Hiiroshi  and in 1998 set up the ceramics studio ‘yukan’.

Mashiko is a the pottery village in Tochigi Prefecture, 60 miles north of Tokyo. Mashiko suffered considerable damage in the 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami, with a number of kilns being destroyed.