Hokutoh is located in the garden of the former Kanazawa residence of Honda Awanokami, a powerful samurai of the Kaga Domain during the early Edo Period. The garden, which is said to have served as a model for Kanazawa’s famous Kenroku-en Garden, makes for an unbelievably tranquil and rich natural environment located in the heart of the city.
The studio is housed in a building that was constructed over 300 years ago to serve as a katana armory. Although the building has since been remodeled, many of the thick beams and pillars from the original construction remain standing today. Now, the studio provides a space where visitors can forget about daily life for a while, concentrating instead on making pottery under the soft glow of exposed lighting.