"It always amazes me what miracles can happen with a lump of clay in just the right hands"
Many of the photos shown are in my collection. I will share what I learn about the kilns, artists, styles, and marks. This is a work in progress. Come along with me as I learn.
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This covered dish has "chatter marks" which is common in the pottery of Koishiwara and Onta in Kyushu. Being individually handmade, each piece although similar, is unique in its own way. The potters take pride in making pottery for daily use, not to just be an ornament to look at. I tried to take a picture of the mark but it is very light. From what I can make of it it appears to be made at the Maruwagama.
To the left is the Koishiwara mark. To the right is the kiln mark which I think is the "Maruwa" mark which is a circle (maru) with the "Wa" character inside.