Thursday, April 5, 2018
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.
Tuesday, March 27, 2018
Wednesday, February 14, 2018
Thursday, January 11, 2018
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).
This is a large plate! No marks.
Friday, December 29, 2017
Friday, October 27, 2017
National Potteries Corporation AKA Napco originated in 1938 Bedford, OH
Moved to Florida in 1984 concentrating on floral items.
Family owned business of the Naito family of Portland, OR. Incorporated in 1958 as Norcrest China Company.
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