Monday, November 8, 2021

Kenzan Toen-Of Toki Gifu Prefecture (Mino Yaki)

Wares with this mark are found in the USA in abundance. Kenzan Toen opened in 1959 and exported vases, mugs and such. The company now creates other ceramic products. See link below.


 https://www.kenzan-yakimono.com/english/company/history.html

Saturday, October 16, 2021

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

Tuesday, April 6, 2021

Brand new resource for Japanese ceramics and marks

 This is a good resource with lots of information that may be of help in researching Japanese ceramics. Caution, it is a subscription site, with revolving payments. One can only see a limited amount of information without joining. If you have a lot of ceramics to research it may be just what you need. I do recommend using it as one reference. I  always encourage researchers to do additional research to document and to verify information for any source. 

 https://japanese-ceramics.com/



Tuesday, March 9, 2021

Roppou Gama-Ceramics of Kobe, Hyogo Prefecture


 Wada Sekitouden 和田 石凍田 of Roppou Gama 六方窯, was a one man kiln near Mt. Rokko. He died in 1997 leaving no heir to his kiln. Unfortunately many of his works were destroyed in the Great Hanshin Earthquake back in 1995.  I found some information on him several years ago but that information has pretty much disappeared into the internet wasteland. Luckily in 2015 I printed the blog page that his son wrote which gave some information on him and his works. His works speak to me, not in a loud bang, but in a reverent whisper. 




Sunday, October 25, 2020

RAKUZAN YAKI-Ceramics of Ehime Prefecture

 Rakuzan Yaki is a fun kind of ceramics. Actually raku means fun...and this certainly is. It is probably most famous for the crabs that look like they are crawling out of the sand in many of the ceramics. The common 3D shrine ware is often confused with Banko ware. So not to be confused, there is also another Rakuzan ware made in Izumo which is associated with Fujina ware.


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