Experiential pottery tours of Japan

Itineraries include a day spent with a bizen-yaki artisan in Okayama Prefecture

Guests will spend an entire day with potter John Wells, learning about his techniques and inspirations
Guests will spend an entire day with potter John Wells, learning about his techniques and inspirations

John Wells is an American potter who’s been based in Japan’s Okayama Prefecture for going on 30 years, immersed in the aesthetics and craft of bizen-yaki pottery. Now, thanks to new boutique experiential travel designer Wix Squared (wixsquared.com; from £3,300 for a seven-day Japan itinerary), enthusiasts can spend an entire day with Wells in his studio, exploring inspirations, refining techniques or just absorbing his formidable knowledge of the history of his métier. When Alex and James Wix got together, she was head of Asia and the Middle East at Cazenove+Loyd and he owned the charming Riad Farnatchi in Marrakech. This joining of forces promises considerable selective expertise, especially if Australia, Oman or Morocco are on your list. 

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