Yakimono Pottery

. Districts of Edo 江戸の町 .
Setomono, 瀬戸物 see below
. Legends about pottery .

Yakimono 焼物 / Setomono 瀬戸物 pottery, crockery

. Yakimono, pottery and Haiku .


 達磨 Daruma in and on pottery

Japanese Pottery!
The oldest pottery in the world and in the long history of its development there are so many styles and areas involved, it is easy to loose track.
Talking about Japanese Pottery and Daruma san, I make the distinction between Daruma as a decorative figure or statue (okimono 置物), Daruma painted on a piece of pottery for use, for example a teacup, a soy sauce poorer or an oil dish. In this field we find Daruma almost everywhere! I will cover that in the separate stories.
And finally pottery items for use in the form of Daruma, for example incense burners, toothpick holders and the like. This also calls for different stories. Many pottery centers have some special type of Daruma objects, so I will cover the Pottery of Arita, Bizen, Kutani, Oribe etc. in extra stories.

There might be more in time.

. My ALBUM - Pottery .

. My ALBUM - Kutani 九谷焼 Pottery .

Yakimono - Culture Sketches

. Join the Yakimono Friends on Facebook ! .


Modern Japanese Ceramics:
Pathways of Innovation & Tradition
by Anneliese Crueger (Author), Wulf Crueger (Author), Saeko Ito (Author)

For more than 30 years, Dr. Anneliese and Dr. Wulf Crueger—guided by Saeko Itô—have devoted themselves to studying, understanding, and collecting Japanese ceramics. Today, they share the rich fruits of their knowledge with this lavishly illustrated volume based on their own collection. The equivalent of Roberts Museum Guide, devotees of beautiful ceramics can pick it up and use it to select and visit potters as they undertake an artistic tour of the country.
Organized geographically, it goes from kiln to kiln—which in Japan may refer to a lone site or an entire ceramics region that contains hundreds of workshops. Along the way, they outline the history, development, and unique stylistic characteristics of each area’s work, and the traditions that inspired it.
- source : www.amazon.com


..... Akahadayaki 赤膚焼 Akahada pottery "red skin" Nara

..... Akazu-yaki 赤津焼 Akazu pottery (Akatsu) Aichi

..... Aritayaki, Arita-yaki 有田焼 Pottery from Arita

..... Awata-yaki / Awada-yaki 粟田焼 Awata ware Kyoto

..... Bizen Pottery 備前焼 Bizenyaki - Okayama

..... Hajiki ware 土師器 and 埴輪 Haniwa

..... Hasami-yaki 波佐見焼 Hasami creamics - Nagasaki

..... Igayaki, Iga-Yaki 伊賀焼 Iga pottery, Iga ware - Mie

..... Kameyama yaki 亀山焼 Kameyama Pottery
- Nagasaki yaki 長崎焼 Nagasaki Pottery

..... Karatsuyaki 唐津焼 Pottery from Karatsu

..... Kumamoto 熊本県 pottery . - Shodai yaki, Amakusa yaki, Koda yaki

..... Kumurayaki, Kumura Yaki 久村焼 Kumura Pottery - Shimane

Kuromutayaki, Kuromuta yaki 黒牟田焼 - Saga - Maruta Masami .

..... Kutaniyaki <> Pottery from Kutani 九谷焼 

..... Mikawachi yaki 三川内焼 Mikawachi pottery - Nagasaki

..... Mishimayaki 三島焼 Pottery from Mishima  

..... Mumyoi-yaki 無名異焼 Mumyoi ceramics - Sado, Niigata

..... Nishikimatsu 錦松 Potter

..... Oribeyaki Pottery in the Oribe Tradition 織部焼 

..... Ontayaki 小鹿田焼 Ondayaki from Sarayama

........ Oyodayaki 大淀焼
-------- Matsubayashi Genei (松林玄衛) of Yoshino, Nara Prefecture.

..... Rakuzan-yaki 楽山焼 Ehime

..... Satsuma Ware 薩摩焼 

..... Seto 瀬戸 - Aichi

..... Shinoyaki 志野焼 Shino Pottery

..... Sodeshi 袖師窯 Sodeshi-gama Pottery - Shimane

..... Sumida Pottery 隅田焼 Vase with Daruma

..... Tobe-yaki 砥部焼 Tobe ware, pottery Ehime

..... Tokoname Pottery 常滑焼 

Yonezawa yaki, Okitama, Yonezawa city 米沢焼
..... Yonezawa yaki - youtube  
..... Yonezawa-yaki Pottery Narushima-gama  


..... Gabi in Takamatsu - Daruma Hunting


- shared by Robert Yellin - facebook - 2015


source : facebook

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Kintsugi (金継ぎ) (Japanese: golden joinery) or
Kintsukuroi (金繕い) (Japanese: golden repair)
is the Japanese art of fixing broken pottery with lacquer resin dusted or mixed with powdered gold, silver, or platinum a method similar to the maki-e technique. As a philosophy it speaks to breakage and repair becoming part of the history of an object, rather than something to disguise.
© More in the WIKIPEDIA !


Vase from the Heikichi Kiln of Hirashimizu
Yamagata prefecture
The pattern is engraved in a kind of scrafitto by etching the image through the slip.

「作者 平吉窯四代目 . 安倍宗太郎」

Photo from my friend Ishino
widest diameter 18cm / hight 25.5cm

This kind of pottery has a history of more than 200 years. Now there are six kilns that produce it.
平清水焼き Japanese Reference

Hirashimizu, to the south of Yamagata city is a renowned pottery producing area. It is said that at its peak there were some 20 producers in the area. This number has now dwindled to six which are enjoying the recent boom in ceramics. The peach Celadon style whereby the iron particles protrude through the celadon glaze giving the pottery a peach-skin effect is particularly well known. Pottery lessons and tours of the buildings where the potters sit at their wheels can be arranged by the Shichiemon, Bun'emon and Heikichi potters.
... www.yamagatakanko.com/

. Daruma from Hirashimizu 平清水だるま


Robert Yellin and his Japanese Pottery pages

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. Districts of Edo 江戸の町 .

Setomonochoo 瀬戸物町 Setomonocho, Setomono-Cho
Now part of Chuo-Ku, Nihonbashi, Muromachi
setomono mise 瀬戸物店, setomonoya 瀬戸物屋
pottery shop, crockery shop

All kinds of pottery were called "Setomono" in Edo, but in Western Japan they were called Karatsumono 唐津物 "Things (pottery) from Karatsu".

Seto 瀬戸 is a pottery town in Aichi.
Pottery made in Seto dates back to the 13th century. Katō Shirōzaemon is credited as the first to produce wares in the town
- - - More about Seto Pottery in the WIKIPEDIA !

In the Setomono district of Edo were many shops selling pottery and crockery.
One of the first to open shop was 水野兵九郎 Mizuno Heikuro.
The eastern part of the district bordered to a wide river-canal Nishi-Horidome 西堀留, where ships from Seto could land easily.
There were also many wholesalers of Sake, incense sticks (senkoo 線香 and dried food (kanbutsu 乾物) in the district.
During the Year-End season, a popular market, (toshi no ichi 年の市) was held in the Western part of the district.


Horidomechoo 堀留町 Horidomecho District
Nihonbashi Area

Because of the wide waterway, many wholesalers (tonya 問屋) had their warehouses here, especially rice dealers.

Painting by Hasegawa Settan 1834-1836

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The Horidome district was located in the vicinity of modern Nihonbashi Horidome-chō 1-chōme and 2-chōme; it being positioned along an excavated bund that faced onto and altered the flow of the two Horidome rivers (east and west).
Water transportation was used extensively in the area during Edo times, with the town becoming well-known for its rice traders.
- source : library.metro.tokyo.jp/Portals -

. Funabori 船堀 Funabori district .


Iseya 伊勢屋 Iseya Store
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Ninben にんべん, Ihee Takatsu 高津伊兵衛 (1679 - )

... In 1691, he moved to Edo's Kobunacho and became the apprentice of a grain trader named Tarokichi Aburaya.
in 1704, he opened a wholesale store in Kobunacho. In the following year, he changed his name to Ihee and the name of his shop to Iseya Ihee 伊勢屋伊兵衛. He then started a retail store in Setomonocho, Nihonbashi (present day Muromachi 2-chome) in 1720, which is now the location of the current Ninben head office.
- source : ninben.jp/history -

Iseya kara katsuo o yobu ya inaya ame

When the master of Iseya store
buys first fish of the season,
it will surely rain.

First fish of the season was extremely expensive, and if he bought it, surely heaven himself would be surprized and start a shower.

. daitsuuya juuhachi 大通屋十八 18 big spenders .
The big 18 were the most famous of this group, most of them were the money-lenders of Kura-Mae 蔵前.

source : ukiyo-e.org/image

Three Women at the Iseya in Nakazu
- by Katsukawa Shuncho

. 小舟町 Kobunacho, Kobuna Cho district EDO .


. ABC List of Edo craftsmen 江戸の職人 .

tookooshi 陶工師 suetsukuri 陶工 Tokoshi, potter

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Kajibashi 鍛冶橋
..... The neighborhood we are entering now is home to a community of potters, and the shops on the main street have row after row of porcelain and pottery lined up on the shelves and tables. Each store offers a range of different types of plates, saucers, mugs, bowls and vases.

Pottery is a highly developed craft in Edo, though the best products still come from the far western provinces of Suo, Aki and Nagato. A wide range of different styles of pottery are available, from inexpensive dishes used by average townspeople to the works of master craftsmen, which can fetch extremely high prices from rich daimyo, merchants or members of the Emperor's court.

Everyone is intent on what they are doing, and take their work seriously -- even the youngsters and women who prepare the clay for use in making the pottery. Like many of Edo's crafts, there is a close connection between the business of making pottery and the expression of fine art. Apprentices may produce large amounts of simple pottery for daily use while they are learning their craft, but their goal is always to develop their skill to a fine level and to create true works of art.

The center of the potter's district is almost uncomfortably warm. You can feel the heat from the kilns as soon as you enter the square. The huge ovens used to bake the porcelain are set up in the center of the district, and they are tended carefully to ensure that the temperature is kept at just the right level. Around the square, individual craftsmen are shaping clay into different types of products. Every few minutes, someone will carry another large rack of molded pottery over to the kilns to be baked.
This neighborhood can be unbearably hot in the summer time, since potters have to work all year round. On the other hand, it isnt such a bad place to visit in the winter. Each of the crafts districts is entirely devoted to producing their specialty products, and each member of the community has a part to play. Most of the people are closely bound together by ties of kinship and community, and all work together to help the entire neighborhood become prosperous.

Craftsmen in Japan have to spend ten years working as an apprentice for a "master craftsman" before they can start to work on their own. While they are an apprentice, they will spend the entire day working with their master, watching every move that he makes, and attempting to imitate his skills. Although the crafts tend to hereditary professions, with people passing on their trade from father to son, it is not that uncommon for people to switch to a different craft while they are still very young. .....
- source : edomatsu/kajibashi -

. Imado yaki 今戸焼  Imado ware .
from Imado, Asakusa


source : edokurashi.hatenablog.com/entry - 渡辺京二

porcelain dealer


Potters and Patrons in Edo Period Japan
Andrew L. Maske


niwaka ame setomono uri wa tsune no ashi

sudden rainfall -
the vendor of pottery
walks as usual

Since his ware can break easily, he does not dare to speed up or hurry during a rainfall.

source : www012.upp.so-net.ne.jp/shonokousaten

- - - - - MORE to explore - 瀬戸物屋 - TBA
茶碗ばち網の中から出して売 . . .
- source : ameblo.jp/tachibana2007

. senryu, senryū 川柳 Senryu in Edo .


. Legends about pottery .


 WASHOKU : sara, hachi, kappu ...
various kinds of plates and bowls

- #potteryjapan #setomonochoedo #yakimonojapan #iseya-


Sophie said...

Good Photos and Explanation, Diversity of Japanese Design.
Here, a gallery in Paris, which has nice japanese art pieces:
Yakimono Japanese Ceramics

Gabi Greve said...

kintsugi (金継ぎ) (Japanese: golden joinery)
kintsukuroi (金繕い) (Japanese: golden repair)

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Antique Chinese and Japanese Porcelain Collectors'
Help and Info Page
This is a Collectors' Help and Info Page for collectors of antique Chinese and Japanese porcelain with several thousand pages of information available without charge. Among them is an extensive archive of translated and dated Japanese and Chinese porcelain marks, a glossary of pottery, porcelain and ceramic art terms, Chinese porcelain history articles and documents, Chinese travelogues, tons of pictures and Question & Answer pages.

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Tanba Ware (Tanbayaki) 丹波焼
Tambayaki . . .
discussing the name in English
join in on facebook !

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Japan Pottery Net was founded to introduce Japanese ceramics to the entire world, thanks to the partnership of the distinguished ceramic artists whose works are the cultural heritage of Japan.

Through the exhibition of art galleries and museums, artistic values of Japanese pottery are appreciated worldwide. Therefore, there are considerable numbers of Japanese ceramic-lovers even outside of Japan. Unfortunately, some have not had a chance to meet with the sense of beauty that Japanese craftsmen have succeeded in creating for hundreds of years.

The ceramics of the renowned high-class artists in Japan are hardly distributed outside of Japan. Even in Japan, it is hard to gain access to prestigious Japanese ceramics unless they are displayed in department stores or private exhibitions. Most of the works are stored in the artists’ private potteries in the countryside, which gives few opportunities for people in the cities or from foreign countries to get to know such treasures.

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Modern Japanese Pottery and Porcelain Marks (窯印)
more about Pottery and marks

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Japanese pottery and porcelain

start from the top to learn more

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- wikipedia -
The list of Japanese ceramics sites (日本の陶磁器産地一覧 Nihon no tōjiki sanchi ichiran) consists of historical and existing pottery kilns in Japan and the Japanese pottery and porcelain ware they primarily produced.

The list contains kilns of the post-Heian period. Not listed are ancient earthenware pottery such as Jōmon pottery, Yayoi pottery, Haji pottery, Sue pottery, Kamui ware, etc. which are general topics whose origins and production cannot be linked to just one specific kiln. Shimamono are objects that were imported from southeast Asia, but later produced locally as well. Mishima pottery despite its name is of Korean origin.
--- Check out this useful list

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Marks of pottery and porcelain

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The greatest appeal of Mushiake-Yaki (Mushiake ware) 虫明焼
is its quiet color that comes from ash glaze. Mushiake-Yaki goes well with any kind of pottery particularly at tea ceremonies.

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Agano yaki 上野焼 Agano ware
Agano ware (called Agano yaki) is a form of pottery produced around the town of Fukuchi in Fukuoka prefecture. Agano ware is elegant and lightweight, stemming from its development as a tea bowl for use in tea ceremonies.
In some cases, the foot of the bowl is taller than other types of pottery and opens onto a wide base. Many different types of enamel are used, like blue-green, iron, white-brown, and transparent, producing a diversity of colors, textures, luster, and patterns. The most representative enamel for Agano ware is a green rust using oxidized copper, which gives an attractive blue color. Ceramics using iron enamel look like an unglazed reddish brown and spotted enamel ends up with an evenly lined grain that appears to have been eaten by insects. While there is an infinite variety of vessels, they all share a graceful quality.

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ICHINOSE YAKI (一の瀨焼き)-Ceramics of Fukuoka Prefecture

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Takatori Yaki - Fukuoka
The sudden rise of tea ceramics culture and the master potter Hachizan from Korea

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Fukuhara yaki 柳原焼

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Hanno Yaki 飯能焼 Saitama

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萬祥山窯 Banshozan Kiln
Shimane, Izumo 出雲市大津町西谷2669
, Kuriharayaki 来原焼(くりはらやき)

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Mikamo Yaki - Tochigi
Around the Heian Period (794–1185), Shimotsuke-kokubunji Temple, Kokubun Amadera (the Kokubun Buddhist nunnery) and others in the Mount Mikamo area began to fire roof tiles.

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Kobeigama Pottery - Kobe Pottery
Kobeigama Pottery was founded in 1804 and its tablewares were delivered as a purveyor to Shogun household to Edo Castle. Since then, we have continued to light its kiln for generations to produce numerous ceramics and porcelain works that have been in step with times.