"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.
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Monday, July 18, 2016
Helpful Vocabulary When Researching Japanese Ceramics
Vocabulary when searching for Japanese Ceramics
*I will be adding to this list
(江戸) Edo Period (1603-1868)
(江戸前期) Early Edo period (roughly 1600's)
（江戸中期）Mid Edo period (roughly 1700's)
(元禄時代) Genroku Jidai (1688-1704) "The Golden Age"
（江戸後期）Late Edo period (roughly early to mid 1800's)
(天呆時代) Tenpo Jidai 1830-1844
（江戸幕末）Edo Bakumatsu period (1853-1867)
（明治前期 Early Meiji Period (1868-)
*decline in quality 1872-1881 export production increased 150 fold, world market collapse 1882
（明治後期～大正）Late Meiji ~Taisho period (1898~)
*increased development of mass production
（大正）Taisho period (1912-1926)
（昭和戦前) Pre War Showa (1926- WWII)
*during the war only domestic production under government control
(昭和戦後) Post War Showa (1946-)
(昭和) Showa (1926-1989)
Japanese Ceramic Export Eras
Here is a rough guideline for EXPORTS to the USA from Meiji period onwards:
1868-1890 either marked with Japanese characters or unmarked
1891-1921 Nippon, Made in Nippon
1921-1940 Made in Japan or Japan
1941-1945 WW II few, if any exports
1945-1952 Made in Occupied Japan
1953~ Japan, Made in Japan
Dai Nippon (大日本) "Great Japan" on many later Meiji, Taisho and even some Showa era exports.