Thursday, November 7, 2019

Incense Containers-Kogo 香合

Incense containers, called kogo 香合, are generally used for the traditional tea ceremony to store a few bits of incense. They come in all kinds of shapes. one will see many in the shape of animals, from the Asian zodiac. Other shapes such as fans, fruits, other auspicious animals, etc. are also plentiful. Most styles of Japanese ceramics have versions of kogo. They make wonderful collectables as they are small and come in such huge variety.
One of my favorite books is the Exhibition of Kogo from the George Clememceau Collection.

Hagi by Watanabe Eisen (monkey)

Hagi by Watanabe Eisen (dog and ball)


Thursday, October 24, 2019

Thursday, July 18, 2019

Ryumonji Yaki-Ceramics of Kagoshima Prefecture

Ryumonji Yaki is sometimes referred to as Black Satsuma, but that is not entirely true. Certainly much of Ryumonji is black, usually with a splash of color glaze somewhere, but there is much more to it than that. Other styles include "sansai" or three-colored, sharkskin, white shark skin, as well as brown, blue and ochre glazed ware.

Here is an example of black Satsuma with a blue/green flow glaze

Saturday, June 22, 2019

ONODA SUE YAKI- Pottery of Yamaguchi Prefecture

These jars are made for umeboshi and are sold as a delicacy of Kokura. I love the umeboshi but always wondered who made the jars! 
I thought they might have been made in Agano or Koishiwara but no. While visiting Kokura yesterday my daughter wanted to buy the umeboshi that come packed in the ceramic jars. We asked one of the sales ladies who made the jars. She hurried away to go find the answer for us. She returned quickly with the information that I had been wanting for years. They are made in Yamaguchi Prefecture, town of Onoda, Sue Yaki (su-e). Onoda clay is high in iron which is perfect for making acid resistant vessels. They mostly make the jars for the umeboshi paste and for strong alcohol. There used to be many kilns but now only Matsui pottery 松井製陶所 remains. 

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

Arita China

Pages from a mail order catalog dated 1962-63 ( from the collection of P. Rodriguez)

Arita China

The Mark

Yamato China

Yamato China from a mail order catalog dated 1962-63 (from the collection of P. Rodriguez)

Wednesday, April 3, 2019


                Tokanabe Wall Pocket. These were made for export in the 1920’s and 1930’s

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