Monday, October 22, 2012

OBORI SOMA YAKI(大堀相馬焼き)-Ceramics of Fukushima Prefecture

I love the Obori Soma-yaki pottery with its typical crackle glaze and horse motif.  Of course there is more to it than that but that is what I think of when hear Soma-yaki.  After the earthquake, tsunami and nuclear accident the soma-yaki potters lost everything.  Some have banded together to try to revive the craft.  As far as I know things are still at a stand still and no pottery is yet being produced.  I hope that this beautiful pottery will be able to be revived in the near future.

Many of the Soma wares are double walled. It is called "Niju-Yaki". The crackles on blue Porcelain are called Ao-hibi.

Added a sake cup to my collection-no mark

This is not a piece that I own but was given permission to use these photos for this blog so that it can help others. Mr. Sue lost everything in the Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. He tried to make a come back. He has since passed away. 



Tuesday, July 10, 2012

NANZAN YAKI (南山焼き)-Ceramics of Tochigi Prefecture

Nanzan yaki is made in Sano city, Tochigi Prefecture, along route 66. It is not a well known pottery style, being overshadowed by the more famous pottery of the prefecture, Mashiko yaki. It is none the less a pottery with a lovely rustic and earthy character.

The writing  in the pot design reads Nanzan Yaki

Saturday, May 26, 2012

SATSUMA YAKI (薩摩焼き)-Ceramics of Kagoshima Prefecture

Rice bowl by Chin Jukan

Satsuma Tanoura MARK

Vase box from the Tanoura Kiln 田の浦窯

About Tanoura kiln

Black Satsuma

Generic Satsuma MARK  さつま

Black matte finish began 1930's~

Generic Satsuma 

Satsuma Ryuho MARK 龍峰

Satsuma Nagata

Tea cup  made from ash from Sakura
Jima in Kagoshima

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

SESSHU-YAKI-雪舟焼 Ceramics of Shimane Prefecture

Sesshu-yaki is pottery of Shimane Prefecture.  It is grouped with Iwami-yaki. Sesshu-yaki is a  new style of Pottery, the kiln began in 1949 by Fukugou Tooru. His son, Fukugaou Tooru II,  took over the kiln in 2001.

Love the "crackle"!!

Friday, April 6, 2012

SETO YAKI (瀬戸焼き)-Ceramics of Aichi Prefecture

Seto-yaki is the pottery of Seto, Aichi Prefecture.  It is sometimes overlaps with Mino-yaki as the whole area is producing pottery. It is probably the most common pottery in Japan, especially for everyday tableware.


Ki-Seto cup  and saucer by Suzuki Bakusen (鈴木麦仙) of Haruhi Gama (春日窯)


Seto/ Akazu Yaki Hakusen/hakuzen gama mark 白泉


This is an Oribe Hira Mizusashi (平水指) by Gensui Gama (源水窯) which is Akazu Yaki of Seto. 
It is missing its lacquer lid. It measures 25.5 cm in diameter and is 11cm tall.

AITOU (愛陶)

Modern Seto ware. This mark reads Aitou (愛陶)  

Another Aitou mark found in bone script





  KATO GOTO (加藤五陶)

 This is a tea bowl in Oribe style.


AZEKURA (藍染蔵 or あぜくら)

This company sells blue and white Japanese style dinnerware. The most common is the arabesque design (karakusa or tako karakusa). They like to revive old styles for modern tables. 
The Seto region produces so much pottery that the Japanese often refer to everyday dishes as Seto-mono or things from Seto.




The Bakuzan mark is the Kanji for wheat and mountain.





TOZABUROU GAMA (加藤 唐三郎 窯 )

Ki-Seto Chawan

    Kato Touzaburou MARK


        This is a mini covered dish in the Oribe style


  Shozan MARK (松山 )



 I keep coming across a Seto mark that interested me. I began some research on it and have made some progress. 

The one on the left is most likely read Asahi Gama (旭窯). This mark is associated with potter Shunji Hayashi (林春治).  

In 1979 Mr. Hayashi opened a new kiln called Tsubaki Gama (椿窯, mark on the right). Because of multiple readings for the same Kanji character I am not 100% sure of the reading of the potters given name.  I will update as I confirm this. His specialty is with blue and white sometsuke porcelain. 

                Yamahiro Toen (山弘陶苑)
                Seto City, Aichi Prefecture
                        Est. 1970



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