Tuesday, October 22, 2013

The Four Gentlemen and the Three Friends of Winter

Common designs used on Japanese pottery and porcelain are the Four Gentlemen and the Three Friends of Winter.
The Four Gentlemen design or "shi kun shi" (四君子), consists of the orchid, plum, bamboo and chrysanthemum.


The Three Friends of Winter design or "sho chiku bai" (松竹梅), consists of pine, bamboo and plum. (See example below)








Saturday, October 12, 2013

NARAOKA YAKI (楢岡焼き)-Ceramics of Akita Prefecture

Naraoka pottery is a lesser known Japanese pottery. It began in 1863 and is categorized as Mingei or folk pottery.



Naraoka Pottery MARK

Monday, October 7, 2013

Kobori Enshu's Seven Favored Kilns

Kobori Enshu (last name first in Japanese) was a famous tea master, painter, poet, architect, and garden designer. He lived from 1579 to 1647. He was probably most noted for the tea ceremony. He favored seven styles of pottery for the tea ceremony.

Asahi (Kyoto)
Agano (Fukuoka)
Akahada (Nara)
Kosobe (Osaka)
Shidoro (Shizuoka)
Takatori (Fukuoka)
Zeze (Shiga)