Friday, October 27, 2017

Napco and Norcrest Imports

National Potteries Corporation AKA Napco originated in 1938 Bedford, OH
Moved to Florida in 1984 concentrating on floral items.


Family owned business of the Naito family of Portland, OR. Incorporated in 1958 as Norcrest China Company.

Monday, October 9, 2017

Aoba Gama-Ceramics of Ehime Prefecture

Aoba Gama is the kiln of Aoba Taiichi. His works vary in style, my favorite being his celadon works.

Thursday, August 17, 2017

Yamaguchi Toki 山口陶器

This red Yamaguchi Toki is found on Chinese style 

I believe this mark is also associated with Yamaguchi Toki

Yamaguchi Toki also made the Jyoto china wares 

Monday, July 17, 2017

Living National Treasures (LNT)

Living National Treasures (LNT) Ceramics

Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Gold Imari

The original kiln, Yazaemon of Arita began in 1804. The kiln was run by the Matsumoto family. The fifth generation began exporting to North America and Europe.

Gold Imari was produced by Arita Bussan,  registered  in Nagoya. (1959-1984)


Monday, May 8, 2017

Friday, April 28, 2017

Books about Japanese Ceramics (in Japanese)

If anyone has a chance to visit Japan take time to check out the used bookstores for books on Japanese ceramics. There are some chain stores like "Book Off" and "Tsutaya" that sell used books. There is a great old book shop area in Umeda, Osaka that has used books, rare books, prints and such. There is also some little bookstores in Osaka, near the American Consulate. In Tokyo there in an area where they have many old bookstores, but the name escapes me right now. Regular bookstores usually have a section on ceramics with new books published within the last few years.
Many exhibitions and museum shops carry very nice catalogs and books on Japanese ceramics.

Travel Series

Tabi To Yakimono no Hon

The Tojiro Series 

Exhibition catalogs 


Soba Choko


Friday, April 21, 2017

Soeda Washin 添田和信

Fukuoka potter Soeda Washin, at his show at Mitsukoshi Department store in Fukuoka. He specializes in Hakeme,brush work. 

Saturday, March 25, 2017


Shida Yaki was made in Shiota, Ureshino City, Saga Prefecture, Japan from the Edo period. It was made for the general public. It reached the height of its popularity in the mid-to late 19th century. Common things to look for in identifying Shida Yaki are the multiple stilt marks, and the pictured scenes, generally in a broad stroke.

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