YouTuber’s ceramic studio holding exhibition in Kagoshima, including mug-making workshop

PUBLISHED Nov 26, 2021

Shohei Iwamoto, explaining slab building on his YouTube channel

Manabu Iwamoto, a ceramic artist, and his eldest son Shohei, a YouTuber, are currently holding an “Iwamoto Tobo: The Father and Son Exhibition” at Tres Gatos, a Spanish bar and gallery in Tenmonkan, Kagoshima City.

The location of their ceramic studio is in Kotokujidai, Kagoshima. The styles of works by the father and the son differ – while Manabu decorates his works with a delicate touch and soft colors, Shohei uses vivid colors such as red, blue, and yellow. Shohei says, “I use colors that are not typical for tableware, and I create works that look like toys such as blocks that children play with. It is important for me to have a playful nature.” About 50 pieces are on display at the exhibition, and all the works are for sale.

Shohei has been running a YouTube channel “Ndamoshitan! Shohei Iwamoto!” since last summer. In the videos, he shows techniques for slab building, coloring ceramics, removing pieces from the kiln, making clay adhesive from failed pieces, and packing works for shipping to exhibitions.

On December 12, from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., Shohei will hold a workshop at the same venue, where participants can learn how to make a mug by slab building and coloring it. He will take them back to his workshop to be fired and later mail them to the participants. Advance registration is required and can be made at Tres Gatos. The fee is 2,500 yen, including materials and a drink. The number of participants is limited to ten.

The exhibition is open from 1:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. (Wednesdays from 5:00 p.m., Sundays and holidays from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.). Closed on Tuesdays. It runs until January 10.

  • The exhibition

  • YouTube channel “Ndamoshitan! Shohei Iwamoto!” – Iwamoto is making a rice bowl for his cat