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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