The Village Potters Master Series Presents Reiko Miyagi

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The Village Potters is pleased to announce that Studio Tabula Rasa artist Reiko Miyagi will be the third presenter in their 2018 Master Series Workshops.

The demonstration workshop will take place in their Independent Study and Mentoring Studio on Saturday, June 2nd, from 1:30 pm to 5:30 pm.

This workshop will demonstrate how to decorate pottery with both narrative and simple patterns, using scratch technique that emphasizes basic sgraffito and its variations. Topics will also include how to apply images, uses of color, inlay and carving, tools, and materials.

Reiko Miyagi was raised in Japan and received a B.A. from Tama Art University in Tokyo. She studied ceramic making at Bunka Gakuin Art Institute, completed an apprenticeship at Tsukamoto Ceramic Company, and worked as a studio potter in the Mashiko area, a renown folk pottery town. After relocating to the US in 1998, she founded her Studio Tabula Rasa and set to exploring the new clay, techniques, materials, shapes, and styles of her new home. Through this exploration, she developed her signature black and white, sgraffito stoneware, and her earth-tone, subtly imaged glaze work pottery. “My work is inspired by the shapes from the natural world and my belief in the connectedness of all beings and objects,” she says. “For me, handmade and natural objects are integral to every good environment and the celebration of the moments that we live in.” Reiko has shown her work nationally and in Japan, and has been selected by numerous shows and galleries, including the Smithsonian Craft Show, the American Craft Council Shows, and the Charlotte Mint Museum Potters Invitational.

The Village Potters’ Masters Series Workshop are a part of their Independent Study & Mentoring Program, and are offered to artists who have been accepted to that studio, with a limited number of tickets available to the general public. Tickets are $150 for the general public, and may be reserved by contacting The Village Potters at 828-253-2424 or online at

The Village Potters are Sarah Wells Rolland, Judi Harwood, Melanie Robertson, Lori Theriault, Christine Henry, and Julia Mann. They comprise an intentional Collective of potters who share a commitment to inspire a passion for ceramic art and nurture creative exploration through education, experience, relationships, and community. The Village Potters includes three showrooms, a Teaching Center offering ongoing classes in wheel and hand building for adults, an Independent Study and Mentoring Program, and scheduled demonstration and hands-on workshops. The Village Potters is an educational member of The Craft Guild of the Southern Highlands, and is an official distributor for Laguna Clays.

The Village Potters is located in Riverview Station, in Asheville’s historic River Arts District at 191 Lyman Street, #180.