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



Friday, October 27, 2017

Napco and Norcrest Imports

NAPCO
National Potteries Corporation AKA Napco originated in 1938 Bedford, OH
Moved to Florida in 1984 concentrating on floral items.




NORCREST IMPORTS

Family owned business of the Naito family of Portland, OR. Incorporated in 1958 as Norcrest China Company.










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