Monday, December 15, 2014



Bibi China has two main marks that I am aware of. 

                                                                 Hand Painted


                                                              MADE IN JAPAN

The Nippon Mark would date sometime between 1891-1921. 
The Made in Japan Mark would be later.
Several sites indicate that BiBi ware was exported to Lebanon for sale in the Middle East through 1947. I have not verified this. 


Friday, December 5, 2014

SHIKAOI YAKI (鹿追焼)-Ceramics of Hokkaido

When I first came upon this three piece sake set my initial thought was "Oh! Bizen". I was surprised when I turned the tokkuri over to find another "Yaki" written there. After some research I discovered that it was made in Hokkaido. Hokkaido is not especially known for its ceramics but it seems that there is an up and coming ceramics scene up north. 
Modern Japanese Ceramics, Pathways of Innovation & Tradition by Anneliese Crueger gives a brief history of ceramics in Hokkaido. It appears that kilns blossomed during the 1960's -1980's. 

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