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Illustrated Talk by Michele Walker:
Sashiko Textiles from Sado Island

Friday 22 June, 6.30pm
£4 Please call to reserve a place. 
FREE to those attending Sashiko workshop

Sashiko was the customary method for making work clothes throughout Japan until the mid-twentieth century.

This illustrated presentation focuses on a unique group of women living on Sado Island and the significance of sashiko in their daily lives both past and present. 

Michele Walker undertook a three year practice-led Arts and Humanities Research Council Fellowship in 2003 which resulted in an online publication and exhibition called Japanese Sashiko Textiles.


Curators Talk

Saturday 23 June 2pm
FREE Please call to reserve a place
Join Japanese Style: Sustaining Design curator Michael Nixon of MN Arts Associates in the gallery for an informative talk about exhibitions and to discuss issues raised by the work.

Question and Answer: 
David Hale and Jane Wilkinson

Saturday 31 March, 11am – 11.30am 
Gallery 3, Ruthin Craft Centre 
FREE – No need to book



The Hale Collection of Tōhoku Ceramics was collected by David and Anne Hale whilst David was Professor of English at Tōhoku University from 1966–72 and shows some 58 pieces from the 220 objects altogether in The Hale Collection. Renowned in Japan, it has never been exhibited as a collection in the UK before. The ceramics from the 18th, 19th and 20th century are from a number of kilns in the Sendai region including the Haryu kiln in Miyagi, completely destroyed in the 2011 earthquake. 

David Hale and Jane Wilkinson, independent curator and former Curator of the East Asian Collections at the National Museums of Scotland will be available in the gallery to answer any questions.

Talk and Demonstration: 
Shinsuke Iwami

Saturday 21 April, 1.30pm – 4.30pm 
Education Room, Ruthin Craft Centre 
FREE – Please call to reserve a place


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 Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami, with a number of kilns being destroyed. 

Shinsuke Iwami will be undertaking a Ceramics Residency and Master Classes at Brookhouse Pottery from 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. 

We are grateful to Shinsuke Iwami who will talk and demonstrate his work at this special event. 

Contact Brookhouse Pottery for further details of the residency and masterclasses:
01745 812 805