There are several forms of pottery that fall under the Arita umbrella including: Arita, Imari, Hasami, Hizen, Mikawachi or Hirado. Hasami and Mikawachi are actually in Nagasaki Prefecture. The pottery in this area of Kyushu is all intertwined and because Arita and Imari are more internationally known they are grouped together here.
|This is the main store in Arita.|
1870's Fukagawa Hichozan plate
|Modern Koransha MARK|
|This Koransha MARK looks like ones used early to mid 20th century (I would guess around 1930)|
|This mark is probably from the 1970's|
|Fairly modern Koransha MARK|
|I visited the Arita in February. This is the main store.|
Here is the link for Koransha: http://www.koranasha.co.jp/english/
|Aritayaki deep bowls Kiyohide Kiln MARK|
|Aritayaki deep bowls Kiyohide Kiln|
|Kiyohide Kiln MARK|
Mikawachi-yaki is actually from Nagasaki Prefecture and is considered as part of Hirado pottery, although it is usually grouped in the Arita catagory.
|(Right to left) Nabeshima Yuuzan-gama|
This is the style of painting that has children in play, usually chasing butterflies. It is taken after Chinese painting. I read somewhere (can't find the reference now...should have written it down!! Drat!) that this style of porcelain painting "Karako" meaning Chinese child or children was produced for three levels of social status. The three children design was made for the common people, the five children design was made for people of a higher status (lords and other high ranking people) and the seven children design was made for the imperial family. The sometsuke (blue and white) is most common but there are Karako designs in other colors as well, red being perhaps the second most common.
Here are links for a few of the kilns: It is all in Japanese but it is worth looking at the pictures. I will add more from time to time.