Potters at Work

"The viewer becomes a witness"

30 minutes, colour : New Special Edition Japanese Pottery DVD



Now available: Special Edition DVD restored high definition master from the original negative.

Bonus features include:

- a documentary on the filming in Onda and Koishibara in 1976
- behind-the-scenes slideshows on the potters, their work and the filming


Sumo Match" The viewer becomes a witness, not to an investigation of the ways of clay within a primitive society, but rather to the ways of pageantry within the commonplace. "
Craft Horizons

" Silence, time, patience, concentration; four elements elevate the ritual of art to the transcendent. Their convergence attains here the pinnacle of documentary art."
Vie des Arts

" ... a vision of creativity radically different from Western concepts of art-making."
Cinema Canada

" ...complex in its direct simplicity, and as a result, extraordinarily stimulating."
Mainichi Daily News

" We have the process and we are one with it. In conception and montage the film allows us no alternative .... aurally we have no tradition in this genre...sound on sound was never like this...Care and expertise in a complex art (filmmaking) make it seem so simple."

"This brief documentary about Japanese artisans merits summation as eloquent."
New York Times - More


Filmed in the traditional pottery making villages, Onda and Koishibara on the island of Kyushu in Southern Japan. The film presents the workshops of Shigeki Sakamoto in Onda and Kumao Ohta in Koishibara.

An multi-award winning film, broadcast on PBS and around the world.

Famed British Potter Bernard Leach worked Onda and visited Koishibara in 1953 and wrote extensively about both villages in his renowned book, A Potter in Japan, 1960.

Useful links for those interested in the pottery craft.

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