Tōgei no Mori — Ōbori, Nihonmatsu Workshop
On March 11, 2011 the Great East Japan Earthquake devasted northeast Japan, resulting in the production site Namie-machi being designated as a “difficult-to-return zone” and forcing 25 potteries to break up and relocate in other areas in Fukushima prefecture (including Fukushima, Nihonmatsu, Kōriyama, Minami-Sōma, and Aizu) and outside of the prefecture (such as Aichi and Oita prefectures). These potteries continue to create new pieces to preserve the important identity of Namie-machi at their new locations every day. In 2012, Construction of the Tōgei no Mori — Ōbori, Nihonmatsu Workshop in Nihonmatsu city by the Ōbori Sōma Ware Cooperative. 10 potteries revived by 2015. Production continues in and outside of Fukushima prefecture.