Masahiko Ichino


Masahiko Ichino is one of the leading modern ceramic artists in Japan. Based in Tamba, one of the six ancient kilns of Japan, he has gained wide recognition at home and abroad for his creative masterpieces which unite traditional Tamba ware with modern aesthetics, carrying it into the future.

Born into a potter's family in 1961, Ichino studied ceramics at Saga Institute of Art, graduating in 1981, after which he apprenticed with Kyoto potter Masayuki Imai. In 1986, he went home to apprentice under his father, master potter Shinsui Ichino, and in 1988, he established his kiln, Taiga Gama, which is still flourishing today.