Sayado Wadagama by Toko
Toko is a contemporary art gallery for Mashiko pottery, established in 1974. The original brand “Wadagama” creates unique modern style of Mashiko products. Mashiko is a small town located in the southeastern part of the Tochigi region just two hours north of Tokyo and well-known for its pottery called mashikoyaki. There are over 300 kilns located all over the town. The origin of Mashiko pottery can be traced back to as early as 1853, but was made famous by master craftsman Shoji Hamada.
Shoji Hamada, designated a “Living National Treasure” in 1955 and one of the main founders of the “Mingei” art movement in Japan, was the principle reviver of Mashikoyaki. Although a traditional craft, Mashikoyaki was developed through Hamada’s experiences in the UK and through his interactions with renowned designers including Charles Eames, Bernard Leach and Eric Gill.
Mashiko wares were shipped and sold in Edo (now Tokyo) and developed into a production site of pots and other daily-use items, mainly used as kitchenware.
Their popularity began to slowly decline around the 1900 due to changes in people’s lifestyle. However, when the Great Kanto Earthquake hit the area in 1923, many kitchen wares were broken, and demand increased suddenly reviving Mashiko pottery.
Mashiko is rich in silicate and iron, which makes it easy to shape and fire-resistant. It has both beauty and practicality for daily necessities. Sayado Wadagama by Toko pottery continues to keep the tradition of hand crafted Mashiko ceramics alive.