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Utsuwa Matsuri  <oo-tsu-wah  mah-tsu-ree>
A Celebration of Fire
During the first weekend of November, we at Nanten Pottery open our studio to the outside world and welcome visits from all who are interested. Our Utsuwa Matsuri, or Vessel Festival, is a unique opportunity to see a working studio and the equipment and tools used to make all of our pieces. Get a feel for the energy that surrounds us during our creative processes, and in turn, understand better the spirit that we put into each piece.
  • Experience the atmosphere of our studio!
  • View our pottery equipment, kilns, tools, and more!
  • Enjoy our new styles of pottery!
  • Purchase pieces for yourself or for gifts!
  • Choose your favorite seconds!
  • Taste some authentic Japanese food!
  • Sit around the fire outside and strike up a conversation with a fellow Nanten Pottery enthusiast!
  • Start a lively conversation with the potter himself!



Here are the all-important details:


When:           November 4 - 5, 2017


Time:             Saturday and Sunday*: 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

                       *Note that Sunday is Daylight Savings, so clocks are turned back at 2:00 a.m.


Where:          7064 Harlem Road

                         Loves Park, IL 61111


Contact:        (815) 209-6725;


Admission:   It's free, of course!


Who:               Bring friends and family. Make it a date with your significant other.

                          Meet that long-time friend who you haven't seen in a while at our open house.

                          Come with pottery classmates or students. You name it!