Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Japanese Living National Treasures in Ceramics

Japanese Living National Treasures in Ceramics

1955
Arakawa Toyozo-Shino
Hamada Shoji-Mingei (folk pottery)
Ishiguro Munemaru-Iron glazes
Tomimoto Kenichi- Overglaze enamels

1956
Kaneshige Toyo-Bizen

1961
Kato Hajime-Overglaze enamel

1970
Fujiwara Kei-Bizen
Miwa Kyuwa(Kysetsu 10)-Hagi

1976
Nakazato Muan-Karatsu

1977
Kondo  Yuzo-Underglaze blue cobalt

1983
Tsukamoto Kaiji-Hakuji
Miwa Kyusetsu (11)-Hagi

1985
Shimizu Uichi-Iron glaze
Kinjo Jiro-Yachimun (Okinawa)

1986
Tamara Koichi-Iron design
Fujimoto  Yoshimichi- Overglaze enamel

1987  
Yamamoto Toshu-Bizen

1989
Imaizumi Imaemon (13)- Overglaze enamel

1993
Matsui Kosei-Neriage

1994
Suzuki Osamu-Shino

1995
Kato Takuo-Sansai
Inoue Manji-Hakuji

1996
Fujiwara Yu-Bizen
Shimaoka Tatsuzo-Mingei (Jomon zogan rope inlay)

1997
Miura Koheiji-Seiji
Tokuda Yasokichi- (3)- Kutani Saiyu Jiki

1998
Yamada Jozan (3)-Tokoname (tea pots)

2001
Sakaida Kakiemon (14)- Overglaze enamel
Yoshida Minori-underglaze gold decoration

2003
Ito Sekisui (5)-Mumyoi 

2004
Isezaki Jun-Bizen

2005
Hara Kiyoshi-Iron glaze

2010 
Kato Kozo-Seto guro

2013
Maeta Akihiro-Hakuji













Thursday, April 5, 2018

Toyo Toki Kokura Japan

Toyo Toki Kokura Japan
The logo OCW refers to Oriental Ceramic Works, a precursor to Toto,  set know for its washlet toilets and Toyotoki Kaisha. Toyo Toki Kaisha was an affiliate to the Morimura bros now known as Noritake. 
See: http://morimura.co.jp/english/history/ , under 1917.
See: https://jp.toto.com/en/company/profile/outline/history/index.htm



Thursday, January 11, 2018

ONTA YAKI-(小鹿田焼) Ceramics of Oita Prefecture

Nestled in the mountains near Hita city is a little pottery hamlet called Onta Sarayama .  This is where Onta Yaki is made. It was an unknown craft until the 1920's when Yanagi Soetsu visited at the beginning of the Mingei movement. It is now one of the great places to see Japanese folk pottery. There are ten families that work the kilns there. All the work is done without modern machinery. The father hands down his skills to his son. Each kiln is allowed only two wheels. This enables future generations to have enough clay to continue on making Onta pottery. I enjoyed my visit to Onta Sarayama, enjoying the simple, natural ways that still remain. 
Onta potters do not mark their work with anything but 小鹿田 (Onta).  


Map of the Onta Kilns


I believe this was made by Kuroki Tomio, the style and Onta mark match


Sakamoto Yoshitaka Gama 


This is a large plate! No marks.

No marks



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