The 8th JSB Association Pottery Exhibition

Every Year I look forward to the release of images and results from the Japanese Shohin Bonsai Association’s Kobachi exhibition. The exhibition features the work of 50 potters chosen by Mr. Urushibata, showcasing both advanced amateurs and professional bonsai potters. 3 awards are given by the JSB Association, in the categories of unglazed, glazed, and painted pottery.
This years selection showed some often featured famous potters as well as some relative unknowns(to me at least!). Prizes went to Ito Gekko, Eimei, Shosui, and Kyuzo(久三). I’d not seen much of Kyuzo’s work before this year’s exhibition, but since January it’s been everywhere!
I liked that Kutani Ikko was chosen to be featured, though I lament a little that no background was given other than his name and his years making pottery. I also really enjoyed seeing newer work from Bushuan, Juko, Gekko, and the ever-present-at-these-things Doshitas: Keishin and Hosei.

You can take a look at the potters featured in the exhibition and read some of their histories here:
The 2013 Kobachi Exhibition

Koyo Juko

Eimei Yozan



Ito Gekko

Kutani Ikko

Shosui(former student of Ishida and Yuuki Shoseki)

Thanks for reading and enjoy looking through the 2013 Exhibition! Up next: a revisit to last Novembers “Bonsai Gardens Of The Northeast” in the Japanese magazine Bonsai Sekai, and Pots from my Collection 15.


About japanesepots

I've been collecting Japanese Bonsai pots for a few years, and feel that the famous, and some of the lesser known but great Japanese pot artists could do with a little more writing and exposure in English. Additionally, this blog will feature My own And others bonsai for discussion. The purpose of this blog is to further knowledge of Japanese pottery and Japanese style bonsai. If you have any questions about Japanese bonsai pottery, or would like to acquire pots by some of the potters presented in the blog, feel free to email me at
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3 Responses to The 8th JSB Association Pottery Exhibition

  1. Great post! I am excited to read about the Exhibition and I love seeing the individual styles of the potters.
    Thanks again for your post!

  2. Thank you for this blog! Stumbling upon it make my day.

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