Sunday, May 15, 2011

MINO YAKI (美濃焼き )-Ceramics of Gifu Prefecture



KOZANGAMA

Kozangama is a house brand of the Maebata China Corporation. According to the book "Visiting the Mino Kilns" by Janet Barriskill pg. 75, the company began in 1945. The  headquarters are,located In Maebata-cho in Tajimi. The factory is located in the Tajimi Mino Pottery Wholesale Center. As of the printing of the book (1995) she identifies three labels: Kozangama with traditional Japanese designs, Kinyu-an with old Japanese designs and Utsuwakan which is western-modern.

                            
                                          *see my separate section labeled Kozangama 

                                              http://maebata.jp/products/seika-ryokusai/

Some of the marks Kozangama has used.










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Koubei Gama

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Minoyaki medium sized bowl with Hijiri (ひじり) MARK















This is also a Hijiri Gama mark, I assume from the same kiln. Thank you to Carrie Lambert for supplying the mark.

                                                  





Minoyaki rice bowl Mitsumine (三峰) MARK
Minoyaki is made in the Gifu Prefecture and has been since the 1500's. These samples were bought at Toki. The Mino group covers many different companies and artists. Many pieces from this area are just marked as Mino.  Other Mino pottery will have the name of the company or indvidual artist.

Link: http://www.mino-japan.com/

Minoyaki is broken down into four main styles: Shino (including nezumi-shino), Oribe, Ki-seto(yellow) and kuro-seto (black). Then there is the everyday tableware that is also made in the Mino area.

DAIKICHI GAMA (大吉窯)



SHINO

                                                                             
      
       Shino bowl by Shusen Kiln. (秀泉窯) AKA Shusen Toen 秀泉陶苑




Shino tea cups by Mizuno Moriyama



Moriyama MARK


Shino plates Moriyama (守山) MARK

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These yunomi are made by the famous Shino potter Hidetake Ando who was  designated a Gifu Prefecture- Important Prefectural Cultural Property in 2003

Typical "brown bulls eye" MARK (and box) of Hidetake Ando (安籐日出武)



     I have seen this mark attributed to Eichi Kato (Shozan) but have not found sufficient documentation.
                                                       This was love at first sight for me!!

                                                        
                                                                



NEZUMI-SHINO





Nezumi-shino tea cups by Shuzan Kiln (秀山窯)




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This nezumi shino is made by the Shusen kiln

Shusen (秀泉)MARK

KI-ZETO

Ki-zeto is found in both Seto and Mino ware. The styles overlap.


Serving dish by Kawamura Sekizan
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Kawamura Sekizan MARK
       I have found Kawamura Sekizan (b.1938 in Seto) grouped with both Mino and Seto ware.

Small "okazu" side dish bowl- Kawamura Sekizan


SANYO-TOKI


Chikusai Kiln? (竹斎) MARK


Chikusai Kiln (竹斎) MARK


Ryuho Kiln (龍峰) MARK

                           Ryuho is a Sanyo Toki brand for Japanese style dinnerware (和食器)

"M" China Mark







                                                              GENERIC-No Mark



                                           
                                                        Factory made Mino sake cups

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             Unmarked Mino tea pot in the snow. This was purchased in Toki, Gifu prefecture.


Koho or Takamine 



     弘山窯


FUDOH GAMA 不動窯


                                                  ふどう

Genshou Gama


Gozan Gama 吾窯



Gyokuzan Gama






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