Sunday, September 29, 2013

AGANO YAKI (上野焼き)-Ceramics of Fukuoka Prefecture

Agano Yaki has a history that dates back to 1602. It was one of the seven favored styles of pottery of the great tea master, architect and garden designer Kobori Enshu. 

Tea Bowl by Koushin Gama (庚申窯)

Agano Bowl
Mark used by Hosho c1800, currently used by the Shiragawa kiln



Agano yaki tea cup by Kozuru Gen (高鶴元)

*Gen Kozuru wrote the Agano & Takatori volume in the Famous Ceramics of Japan series by Kodansha International in 1981.

Generic Agano Yaki (no marks)

AGANO KILNS (Kama or gama)

Aoyagi Furoen
Fuji gama
Hachiman gama
Hotta gama
Jono gama
Kajiwara gama
Kajiwara hongama
Koshin gama
Koushyu gama
Kouzuru gama
Kumagae hongama
Mamoru gama
Motohiko gama
Muzou gama
Nakamura gama
Seizan gama
Shibanoto gama
Shirakawa gama
Shouryuu gama
Takada gama
Takanashi gama
Tengo gama
Totoki gama
Watari gama

There are additional kilns in Kawara town called AGANO KAWARA YAKI

                                                              Kawara (香春) MARK


            Inotake Gama

YABAKEI YAKI (耶場系焼き)-Ceramics of Oita Prefecture

I finally found out what this style of pottery is and identified the mark. This is Yabakei pottery of Oita prefecture. It stands in the shadow of Oita's most famous pottery, Onta. It carries with it some of the colorings of nearby Agano ware which is what led me to first believe it might be from there. The hand moulding and pinching technique makes it a bit unusual and gives it a natural feeling. The mark on the bottom reads YABA. There is precious little in either Japanese  or English that I could find, being a style of its own.  It comprises of only one kiln to my knowledge, Yoshimura Syougetsuen with origins dating back to 1902. 

Monday, September 23, 2013

SHIGARAKI YAKI (信楽焼き )-Ceramics of Shiga Prefecture

Shigaraki-yaki is pottery of Shiga Prefecture. Shigaraki is one of the six old Japanese kilns.

Tanikangama-This kiln began around 1870. We enjoyed our visit at Tanikangama and Mr. Tanii was very welcoming. The showroom included samples of both 2nd Tanikangama (Shinzan) and and 3rd Tanikangama (Hozan).  

Vase made by Shinzan, 2nd generation Tanikangama

Shinzan MARK

Tanii Hozan MARK

Small bowl made by Tanii Hozan, 3rd generation Tanikangama

Ogawa Kenzo Tobo (小川顕三 )

I enjoyed a visit to Mr. Ogawa's Kiln along with some friends who were visiting Japan. He was very kind to show us through the kiln. He is a famous Shigaraki potter.

A guinomi (sake cup) by Ogawa Kenzo

Ogawa Kenzo MARK

Marujyugama (丸十窯 )-This kiln began in 1937

Large Vase by Marujyugama

Box for Vase. The kanji for the kiln is to the far left, meaning circle ten kiln.

Sansai (三彩  )-

Large bulb vase by Sansai

Sansai MARK

Generic Shigaraki Marks-

Shigaraki tea bowl

Shigaraki MARK

Large vase with Dragon or snake design

Shigarakigama box for Dragon Vase



Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Kozangama or Kazangama

There is some confusion between two marks posted on internet sites, Kozangama and Kazangama. The one on the left is Kazangama of Arita.  The one on the right is Kozangama of Mino. Because Kozangama of Mino often uses Imari style design in its porcelain it is often mistakenly listed as Arita ware.

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