Wednesday, May 27, 2015


FUKIZUMI is a spray ink technique.

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Saturday, May 23, 2015

Lithophane Geisha Ware


This little cup has KUTANI style painting. The Geisha head is quite clear. This is a good quality one even though it is unmarked. Many of this style were made in Nagoya area factories.

Sake cup with dragon motif and lithophane 

Friday, May 22, 2015

"SNAKE'S EYE" FOOT (蛇の目高台)

From the mid 1700's through the Meiji period plates, bowls and especially "soba choko" were made with the snake's eye foot known as "Jya no me Kodai" (蛇の目高台). Although this style of foot declined after the early 20th century, it was still used through the war to some extent. There are even some still made especially modern soba choko.


Soba Choko from Meiji period

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

TRANSFER WARE or Inban (印判)

There are various forms of transfer ware. Stencils (katagami) were used from the Edo period. Copper plate (Doban) was begun 1887 in Hizen. There were other techniques used as well. Konnyaku inban gave a very soft blurry design. 

Transfer print types

1. Konnyaku Inban *used since the middle of the Edo period. (Stamp). **not common these days.
2. Dohantensha (etch) *used from Meiji period
3. Katagamisurie (stencil/pattern) *used from Mid Edo period. 

*screen print transfers are called screen insatsu スクリーン印刷.  

These are small plates (11cm) called kozara (小皿) or mamezara (豆皿). These were made in abundance late Meiji and early Taisho eras. These are Seto yaki.


These are medium sized plates (11cm and 15.5cm) from the Meiji era. They are Seto yaki. They show obvious transfer flaws, which are quite common in this era.

Seto Yaki Phoenix design plate Dai Nippon
The mark is Sho 正 with a roof over it. 

                           Small plate (kozara) 

                                          Sake cups 

Early Meiji era katagamisurie

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