HJ161   A vase by Naoyuki Matsubara.

Naoyuki Matsubara was born in Mashiko in 1938 and apprenticed with Kimura Ichiro in 1956.

Two years later he also visited Kyoto and learned from  the potter Yagi Kazuo who was a core member of Sodeisha, one of the most important modern ceramics movement in Japan.

Afterwards, in 1961 he built his own kiln in Mashiko. :  Matsubara lives in semi retirement making just a few pots these days.

In 2020 Mashiko Museum is planning to introduce Matsubara’s work as a potter who brought the Kyoto tradition to Mashiko in conjunction with Kimura Ichiro.

The glaze is a form of Nuka and then a lively and spontaneous brush pattern in iron pigment. Matsubara is barely heard of in the west yet he is an under rated potter whose brush patterns in pigment and enamel were very much his own.

8 inches tall




                Naoyuki Matsubara.