"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.
Because my blog traffic has grown, I will add marks from various other sources.
** NOTICE: I can no longer take readers queries on personal pieces. General comments and questions still accepted.
Wednesday, February 22, 2012
TOBE YAKI (砥部焼き)-Ceramics of Ehime Prefecture
Tobeyaki is the pottery of Ehime Prefecture. It is a white porcelain usually with indigo blue design. It oft times has a bit of red incorporated in the design as well. It was founded in 1777. There are over 90 kilns in the Tobe area.
I recently found out about a less known Tobe ware. It has a carved out design, a 3D relief on the side. It appears that there was a time when this style was popular in various regions of Japan. I will keep my eye out to try to find a piece to share.
This was made at least 30 years ago. There is no artist mark.