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 famous potter in modern japan. He is Professor Emeritus 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 love oribe pottery.

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

He learn potter at art university in kyoto. He was taught by Kenkichi Toyomoto-famous  

potter 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 American modern 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 days interview Lucie Rie said she did not has "biscuit firing".


She just dried her pottery, glazed and dried, then fired. So the glaze and clay has less fit. The glaze become thick and glassy. 

Also old Imari ware did not has "biscuit fireing". So the glaze and clay has less fit. The glaze become thick and glassy. 


Lucie Rie is sometime said 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 first started to produce 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 aroud world. Now  Imari ware is still popular.

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

The special feature of Old Imari ware is

"a lot of glaze"

Imari ware did not has "biscuit fireing". So the glaze and clay has less fit. 

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

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

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

Yesterday I read a book(現代陶芸家列伝) about famous potter in  Japan. At 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 of time at toguri-museum in Tokyo.

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How to make West Africa pottery!?

I made the flower vase by using the technique of West Africa at the special Sogetsu HQ Plastic Arts Course.

Teacher was Machiko OgawaShe is  famous airtist. 

Her pottery is sole out at her exhibition in Tokyo.

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

How to make West Africa potttery

 "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 flower petal. We cald it flower petal Decoration(輪花).

 Often flower petal decoration made for white dishes.

This Decoration is very feminine and delicately beautiful.お花が咲いたようなデザインの輪花皿や菊皿。可憐なデザインで、和食にも洋食にもとても使いやすく人気です!




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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
 Nomal brown clay coverwed with white clay at this dish.
Nomal brown clay coverwed with white clay at this dish.

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