Technique of pottery

Introducing main technique and decoration of pottery











 古伊万里の大きな特徴は、「釉薬がたっぷり」かかっていることだそうです! 上の写真のポスターでも、なんとなく白い陶器などの釉薬がたっぷりしていて、つややかな白の雰囲気が伝わりますでしょうか? 











Old imari (post card)
Old imari (post card)








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Mutsuo Yanagihara 's work

I have been to the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo the Crafts Gallery. Mutsuo Yanagihara 's work was very original.


Mutsuo Yanagihara is a famous potter in modern Japan. He is a Professor Emeritus at Osaka University of Art.


He uses silver or gold for his pottery. It is influenced by traditional Japanese painting¬ that use silver or gold -Rinpa. Also, he loves Oribe pottery.


His father is a doctor. So he can make pottery more freely than the man who is his father is a potter.

He learns potter at an art university in kyoto. Kenkichi Toyomoto-famous potter taught him in modern japan at that university.


He has been to America several times. He has worked at University in America. So he had influenced by modern American art-vivid color and form. 





1934 Born in Kochi Prefecture

1960 Graduated from Kyoto Municipal University of Art

1966 Invited to be a guest lecturer at Washington State University Ceramics Department

1967 Solo exhibition, Washington State University Art Gallery

Returned to Japan and became Assistant Professor at Osaka University of Art

1971 Accepted to Firenze International Ceramic Art Exhibition, First Japan Ceramic Art Exhibition

1972 Invited to be Assistant Professor at Alfred State College, New York

Assistant Professor at Scripps College

1974 Returned to Japan, holding many solo exhibitions around the country

2002 Awarded Gold Prize, Japan Ceramics Association Prize


At the National Museum of Modern Art, Tokyo, the Crafts Gallery, we can see several pieces produced by modern artists, including bearers of important intangible cultural property.

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Lucie Rie did not has "biscuit firing"in her later works


I visited Lucie Rie A Retrospective in Chiba city museum yesterday.

At Lucie Rie A Retrospective, In her later day interview, Lucie Rie said she did not has "biscuit firing."


She just dried her pottery, glazed and dried it, then fired. So the glaze and clay have less fit. As a result, the glaze becomes thick and glassy. 


Also, old Imari ware did not have "biscuit firing." So the glaze and clay fit less. The glaze becomes thick and glassy. 


Lucie Rie is sometimes said to be oriental. I like her work very much.


Lucie Rie A Retrospective in Chiba city museum

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The special feature of Old Imari ware"a lot of glaze"

The Japanese started producing porcelain in the Arita region of Saga Prefecture in the 1610s. It was shipped throughout Japan and abroad from the port of Imari. It is known as Imari ware around the world. Now Imari ware is still popular.


In the Arita region, Famous Kilns (ex. Gen-emon Kiln-arita porcelain) are highly regarded Old Imari ware.


The unique feature of Old Imari ware is

"a lot of glazes"


Imari ware did not have "biscuit firing." So the glaze and clay have less fit. 

The glaze becomes a kind of mass. The glassy mass of glaze looks beautiful by reflecting light. It seems "a lot of glaze"

Old imari (post card)
Old imari (post card)
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Kaki-emon the 13th said-Paint white space!

I visited Kaki-emon Kiln in Arita last holiday. At the Kaki-emon museum, We can see the 13th, the 14th, and the 15th, Kakiemon Sakaida. I prefer the 13th to the 14th(ex-the head of the Kakiemon family).


Yesterday I read a book(現代陶芸家列伝) about famous potters in Japan. In that book, 13th said 14th(ex-the head of the Kakiemon family), "Paint white space!"


I prefer 13th because of white space of his porcelain is beautiful at the Kaki-emon museum in Arita.


Also, You can see Kaki-emon porcelain within some period at toguri-museum in Tokyo.



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How to make West African pottery!?

I made the flower vase using West African technique at the special Sogetsu's(one famous Japanese flower arrangement organization) Arts Course.


Teacher was Machiko Ogawa. She is a famous artist. 

Her pottery is sold out at her exhibition in Tokyo.

She has been to West Africa for several years with her husband. She makes her pottery by the technique of West Africa.

How to make West African pottery

 "bang and stretching."

1 prepare the pottery that is the ball size.

2 put the cray at the pottery that is the ball size

3 beat clay with a stick and stretch it out 

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Flower petal-Decoration technique of pottery 可愛く和食にも洋食にも!輪花皿・菊皿

 This Decoration is like a flower petal. We call it flower petal Decoration(輪花).


 Often flower petal decorations are made for white dishes.

This Decoration is very feminine and delicately beautiful.








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Decoration of Mashiko pottery in Japan, “KOHIKI”

Today I write about major Decoration technique of Mashiko pottery, “KOHIKI”. 


“KOHIKI” is pottery’s white Decoration. “KOHIKI” means “pull powder” in Japanese.


Before Glazed, nomal brown clay coverwed with white clay. It’s more natural and warmer white than porcelain`s white.


“KOHIKI”-white ecoration pottery is easy to use daily meal. “KOHIKI” suits decorated table setting. Useing “KOHIKI” Pottery, we can feel natural clay and lands’ warmth.


Store-Mashiko pottery


“KOHIKI” Pottery
“KOHIKI” Pottery
Normal brown clay was coverwed with white clay in this dish.
Normal brown clay was coverwed with white clay in this dish.

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