First we went to the Seto-Gura museum. There it was set up to show you the history of Seto ceramics. They had an old studio set up where every single thing ran off of one motor. My mind was blown when they told me that. We saw how the kiln was set up and used, ancient wheels and tools, and! we even saw a couple videos staring Sensei the great! The museum also had a gallery which presented the ceramics of Seto in a timeline, from the very early starts to more contemporary exports.
After the Seto-Gura Museum we went to the Seto City Art Museum. There there was a phenomenal show up of potter Okabe Mineotoko. His work was just.... that thing that happens when you just catch your breath because it's so good. I was in ceramic heaven.
After that wonderful exhibition we went to the Aichi Prefectural Ceramic Museum. This place was huge and we didn't have time to see it all unfortunately, but we mainly went to see the Koie Ryoji show. There was also an exhibition of his friends' works. So much good art! In the museums permanent collection they have a contemporary section which was filled with amazing pieces. I didn't recognize a lot of the names but the work was just phenomenal and I will be looking those artists up. There was a Kenneth Price piece which was pretty cool.
We were lucky enough to be able to go visit another local pottery. Teppei Terada and his father have a pottery that allows them to support their love for fine art pieces by doing production ware as well. When we arrived, they were in the process of building a small wood-fire kiln. We got a tour of their studio and gallery space. It is so inspiring to be around such amazing successful potters.