Hi, I'm Chyako Hashimoto . I am an artist, potter, and teacher. I own YUNOMI Pottery Studio in Durango, CO. The studio is located in the marvelous art hub in town called the Smiley Building. I make my pottery here, and at the same time, offer wheel throwing classes and monthly memberships to my students. To me, the brilliance of this studio is its small size. I have a relationship with everyone who comes through here, and it also allows me time to be an artist.
"Easily the best thing I've done for myself while living in Durango. Chyako is an amazing teacher and I look forward to her class every week. She makes throwing pottery accessible and fun. I recommend her to everyone!"
"I started taking classes here as soon as I moved to Durango, hoping to meet people and learn a new skill. My hopes were far exceeded, meeting an amazing teacher/person in Chyako and classmates turned friends."
"My husband and I took this class as something new to do together and we BOTH fell in love with pottery and Chyako." - Ashley Stapleford
"One of my favorite people in Durango! Chyako is such a good teacher. Patient and encouraging. And you can't beat the Smiley Building - my favorite place in Durango." -Khris Agnos
"Before I took my first class at YUNOMI, I had never sat in front of a wheel: I had no idea how hooked I would get to the feel of clay in my hands. Now, thanks to Chyako, an inspiring mentor each step of the way, I can't imagine a life without it." - Michelle Herringer
"Through Chyako's classes, I have found a new love for the wheel and the process of throwing. Her patience and teaching have increased my love of pottery as well as my skills. The studio is a lovely place to work and enjoy some "me" time, and the classes are a great place to make new friends with similar interest." -Sarah Roelk
"I began my journey with pottery 10 years ago when I took a class from Chyako at Yunomi Pottery Studio and was immediately hooked. Through Chyako's instruction and thoughtful guidance to embrace the entire process I have found a creative outlet to hopefully last a lifetime. I am now a studio member and continue to learn from Chyako. The process of making pottery is a form of therapy for me - meditative, creative and sometimes frustrating. Along this journey I have made a great friend in Chyako. If you are interested in pottery and throwing on the wheel, Yunomi Pottery Studio is a wonderful way to begin."
"I love going to my weekly ceramics class - watching Chyako's demos, throwing bowls, sharing ideas with my fellow ceramicists!" -Kim Adams