The arts and crafts community of Mashiko, located north of Tokyo, Japan, has become synonymous with Shoji Hamada, an influential potter in the twentieth century and a major figure of the Mingei folk art movement. With over 400 kilns, Mashiko is known as a worldwide center for artists, pottery, and craft, surrounded by mountains and hills.
Inverness, about an hour and a half north of San Francisco, has been a haven for many figures and artists like Gordon Onslow Ford, John Anderson, J.B.Blunk and others. Harvey Young, a potter, also set up his studio and shop in Point Reyes. In 1970, he moved to Mashiko and spent his final years there.
This exhibition is the result of inviting and connecting a group of extraordinary artists from both Inverness and Mashiko, including works by Harvey Young, Ido Yoshimoto, Akio Nukaga, and Hideki Takayama. The Mashiko-Inverness exhibition celebrates the predetermination of fated connection and explores artists who live and work in two inspiring places.
The Boiler Room is a place to find and connect with one-of-a-kind creations by artists whose work, stories, and values inspire us. As part of Playmountain East, a year-long exploration of the work and processes of Japanese and Japanese-influenced artists and markers, we’re thrilled to host Reimi Nishida’s handcrafted glasswork.
Stop in, say hello, shop, and enjoy.