Robert Yellin

Robert Yellin is an American Japanese ceramics specialist who has regularly written for several publications. Yellin currently resides in Japan where he has been living since 1984.[1] He owns and runs Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery in Kyoto in addition to an informational website and online Japanese ceramic art gallery.[2] Yellin previously wrote the "Ceramic Scene" column for The Japan Times for 10 years.[2][3] He has written in the past for Daruma Magazine., Asian Arts, Winds Magazine, among others[2][4] He previously wrote for the quarterly Japanese ceramics magazine Honoho Geijutsu.[5] Yellin wrote "Yakimono Sanka" published by Kogei Shuppan, a book about sake utensils which was later translated into English under the title "Ode to Pottery, Sake Cups and Flasks".[2]

In 2012 Yellin was invited to host a segment on Japanese artisans as part of a TV series created by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan titled "Japan: Fascinating Diversity." The goal of the series was to help viewers around the globe rediscover the appeal of Japan.[6]

Since 2012, Yellin has been a guest lecturer on specialty Ceramics Tours conducted by Esprit Travel & Tours. He shares his knowledge and passion for Japanese ceramics through visits to artists' studios and museum throughout Japan.


  1. "Robert Yellin". Robert Yellin Yakimono Gallery. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  2. Martineau, Robert-Gilles. "Between Fire and Clay: Exceptional Japanese Potters from the 20th Century to the Present". Japan-i. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  3. "Robert Yellin". The Japan Times Online. The Japan Times. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  4. "Site links". Daruma Magazine. Retrieved 16 October 2011.
  5. "Sake Vessels Series". Honoho Geijutsu. 73. July 2003.
  6. "Japan: Fascinating Diversity". Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan. Retrieved March 12, 2012.

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