|Gallery St. Ives, which opened in Tokyo in 2000, is an outlet specialised
in contemporary British studio pottery.
In the UK, different from Japan, there are no places or areas producing pottery apart from Staffordshire where there have been makers for bone china and slipware historically. Looking at the whole country, however, there are a lot of individual potters making excellent studio pottery.
When the owner of Gallery St. Ives was in the UK, where he lived for 7 years, visited studio potters living in variety of areas from west to north such as Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Wales, Mid to North England and London.
After removing to Tokyo, his birth place, in 2000, he started the gallery and named it as "Gallery St. Ives.
|St. Ives is the name of the town in Cornwall, England where Bernard Leach
and Shoji Hamada, well-known as the founders of the Folk Crafts or Mingei
Movement, established the Leach pottery in 1920. Living and making pots
in St. Ives, Bernard Leach visited Japan more than 10 times until his death
in 1979 and contributed significantly for bridging the two countries through
pottery. One of the roles of the gallery is also to bridge the two countries,
thus the owner chose the name "St. Ives".
While introducing British studio potters' works permanently, Gallery St. Ives occasionally organises special exhibitions of British and Japanese potters who have mainly connections with traditional English pottery or the Mingei Movement.
Not only showing ceramics at the gallery in Japan, but it organises exhibitions overseas such as in the UK and the USA. Also it is involved in various cultural activities including writing articles for magazines, working with museums for their exhibitions and supporting cultural exchanges between Mashiko Town and St. Ives which agreed the official friendship in September 2012.