"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.
Matsushiro pottery is considered a folk pottery or mingei. In "Folk Kilns I" by Hiroshi Mizuo he explains some of the history of this style. It began in 1816 making all the needed wares for the local area. Many kilns were driven out of business by the mass producing kilns and the opening of the railroads.
Since I bought this about twenty years ago I know that at least one kiln remains!