Sunday, December 6, 2015

Japanese Tea Bowls of Many Kinds


                                                                                                                                                                           Agano Yaki

Arita/Imari Yaki

Hagi Yaki

Ichinose Yaki 


Koda Yaki

Kosobe Yaki

Kyoto/ Kiyomizu Yaki

Kutani Yaki

Mashiko Yaki

Mino Yaki

Raku Yaki

Satsuma Yaki

Seto Yaki

Shigaraki Yaki

Shodai Yaki

Takatori Yaki

Tanba Yaki

Saturday, November 28, 2015

Japanese Shrine, Temple and Flea Markets

Throughout Japan there are weekly, monthly and annual markets. If you are going to be in Japan check on line if any of these sales will be going on during your visit. You can "haggle" a bit and go home with a few treasures at reasonable prices. 

Thursday, November 19, 2015


Soba choko are for dipping sauce for buckwheat noodles. They have been around since the Edo period. There are many styles, shapes and sizes. 

     This one is from the Meiji era. It has the small "eye" on the foot.

Saturday, October 31, 2015

"Collecting Japanese Ceramics and Arts" Facebook Group

For those wishing additional help consider joining The Facebook Group "Collecting Japanese Ceramics and Arts". You must apply under your personal FB page with no banner displaying a business. This group is educational and does not allow buying, selling, advertising nor does it give valuations. It is a great group with many knowledgable people who volunteer their time to help people identify their pieces. 
If you belong to a lot groups (100+) you will probably will not get in, as the group wants people who are serious about learning about Japanese ceramics. 

Friday, October 16, 2015

Toby Mugs

Toby mugs (jugs) originated in Great Britain but it seems like there are renditions of the themed mugs from many countries. I have seen the real Royal Doulton mugs and really there is no comparison!
Japan produced a large amount of these mugs, some marked Made In Japan and others Made in Occupied Japan. Many are marked Wales China.

Friday, September 25, 2015


KATO SHUNKO (sometimes incorrectly read as Harumitsu)



             陶玉園 加藤五助
Tougyokuen Kato Gosuke

Kato Shubei 加藤周兵衛

Chubei was noted for his sharkskin glazes, but also for his cloisonné. Many of his sharkskin wares are marked with a number read right to left 五一五二五二二 or left to right 2252515 which is a patent number, Meiji 22 (1890) 5 month 25 day for 15 years (from worthpoint). This mark was used circa 1890-1905.

Yamatouen Sei 

松村九助氏 Matsumura Kusuke 1844-1912 Nagoya 

Kawamoto Masukichi

Wednesday, September 16, 2015


                      A great link:

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

IGEZARA-The pie crust plates

Igezara are thickly potted transferware plates, usually with a brown pie crust rim. These were made in the Meiji through the early Showa period. The name is derived from a dialect in Saga Prefecture meaning thorn plates. These were made for the common people for everyday ware. Many are unmarked but there are some makers who did mark their wares.

So far I have found these marks used on Igezara

Iwa mark 岩
Ken mark 謙
Koransha mark コオラン
Kushiyama mark 串山 
Shiroiwa 城岩
Tomi or Yutaka mark 豊
Uwataki mark 上瀧
Yamatoku 山徳

There are various common motifs. 

This Igezara has the book shape forming a window or canvas for the decoration with the bamboo motif in the background. Inside the book shape are moon, plum blossoms, peony and a rock. It is 31cm in diameter. 

                                      No mark   Dates circa early 1900's

It appears that most Igezara were made during the late Meiji through Taisho period. 

Thursday, September 10, 2015



                                 This is an Awata Jar with missing lid c. 1930 

Made for export. This mark (red and gold) with the mountain mark reads Kinkozan Zo 錦光山造. This  is probably c. 1921-1930 ( certainly after September 1921, given the MIJ written above the mark).

Marked Kinkozan Zo. These kinds of cups (and saucers) came in sets of twelve, a different flower motif for each month. 

     This is signed in red Kinkozn Zo 錦光山造


         This is a very fun Koshida piece circa late 1950's.

Saturday, August 15, 2015

New old tea bowl

I just got this and have not decided where to put it on the I will give it its own least for now. I just love this!


Friday, August 14, 2015

KIKKO YAKI-Ceramics of Osaka Prefecture (吉向焼)

Kikko Yaki 吉向焼


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