Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea! Enjoy a Pottery Experience in Mihara City
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Studio Overlooking the Seto Inland Sea
Pottery Studio, “Polepole” is located in the same city as Hiroshima Airport; Mihara City. Built on the coast, the pottery items in this high-ceilinged pottery gallery greet you as you enter the red door on the white walled studio building. When you go through the gallery, don’t miss out on catching a glimpse of the amazing view of the Seto Inland Sea seen from the back of the studio.
Visitors can not only enjoy viewing and buying amazing pottery here – there is also a children’s area, as well as the breath-taking view of the “Islands of Beauty” in the calm Seto Inland Sea.
Female Pottery Artist, Asuka Yasuda
Asuka Yasuda went to the U.S. alone in 2001 to study pottery at Glendale Community College, California.
She participated in her first public exhibition, “President’s Show”, in 2005 at Pomona, California, and her work was selected for the competition. Returning to Japan in 2009, she went on to open up her very own studio, “Polepole” (meaning “at ease” or “relax” in Swahili). During the same year, she also exhibited for the first time at the “Female Pottery Artist Public Exhibition”, as well as holding her very own solo exhibition, “Birth of Polepole”.
The studio and gallery moved to its current new facilities in 2017.
Asuka Yasuda’s pottery pieces predominately all express her own take on unique geometrical patterns common in nature, such as the sun or trees, etc. She also makes lots of pieces using a sky blue color; a rare color used in the Seto Inland Sea region. This color goes amazingly well against the backdrop of the sea, though!
Warmly Welcoming Visitors from Overseas!
Trial pottery classes are also available at the studio (reservations required). Each person on the trial class gets 300g of clay, to make either a teacup, rice bowl, or flat fish. They can make their choice via pottery methods such as himo-zukuri (coil-building) and tatara-zukuri (slab-building). First-timers can rest assured as guidance can be given every step of the way. This guidance can also be provided in English upon request.
The finished piece of pottery will be fired at the studio and sent to you at a later date.
*Please note that the shipping fee is not included in the price of the trial lesson.
|Pottery Class Information
|Age||From 3 years old|
|Price (Materials, Firing and Glazing fee are included)||Child (3 yrs – 6th grade): ￥2,000
|Payment Method||Please pay in cash upon arrival.|
|Cancellation Policy||Please inform any cancellations as soon as possible.
*Cancellations on the day have to pay the full cost of the trial lesson (via bank transfer or cheque).
*Return of Goods: Finished pottery piece will be shipped to you approx. 1-2 months after being fired.
Customers must bear the cost of shipping.
|Pottery Studio, PolePole|
|Address||1-5-25, Sunami Nishi, Mihara City, Hiroshima (map)|
|Open||Tuesday – Saturday,
10:00am – 4:00pm
*Reservations for the class is accepted at any time.
How to Access
From Hiroshima Airport—35mins
From JR JR Hiroshima Station—1h20mins
From JR Mihara Station—13mins
JR Bullet Train(Shinkansen) from Hiroshima Station
Price:￥4,090 Time: Approx. 40mins Change: 1
|JR Sanyo Shinkansen
Bound for Okayama
Bound for Sunamiso-mae
Limousine bus from Hiroshima Airport
Price:￥1.140 Time:1h Change: None
Bound for Mihara-ekimae
Bound for Sunamiso-mae
Step Inside the Shop to Get Delicious Takoyaki Before a Beautiful Sea View
The scenery on the way to the studio is as breathtaking as the scenery when you arrive!
Making a day of it and stopping by various places along the way via rental car or taxi is highly recommended. Sunamiko Port is one location which particularly shouldn’t be missed out on!
This port, located in Mihara City, is one of several along the Seto Inland Sea cultivating octopuses.
“Sunamiko Shoten” provides generous portion of octopus in the Takoyaki(octopus ball), so why not to drop by?
|Address||1-2-1, Sunami Nishi, Mihara City, Hiroshima(map)|
|Open||10:00am – 4:00pm|
|Closed||New Year’s Day|
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