Genta Yamamoto Pottery Collection

Genta Yamamoto is remains a fixture in the Fukuoka pottery world. He is quite unique in that he creates all his own glazes and clay bodies by digging in the earth in his home of Hoshinomura. Hoshinoyaki, the style of pottery he makes, was developed in Hoshinomura but fell out of favor in the 1960's and at one point there were no artists continuing the style. Yamamoto san saw an opportunity to resurrect the style so he went door to door collecting vintage pieces of Hoshinoyaki pottery from townspeople and studied the style. He pieced it all together and then wrote a book about it and began training younger potters to make it - single handedly saving it. He is the defacto master now.