"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.
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.
Modern Seto ware. This mark reads Aitou (愛陶)
Another Aitou mark found in bone script
ASUKA GAMA (飛鳥窯)
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.
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.