Sunday, September 29, 2013

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. 

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