What is it?


The history of Kanazawa Kutani-ware starts in 1807 when ceramist Mokubei Aoki was invited to Kanazawa by the Kaga Clan from Kyoto. After his establishment of a kiln in Mount Kasuga, Kanazawa Kutani-ware developed sporadically, each distinctive period reflecting the atmosphere of the times in which it was produced.

Urbanized and slightly high-graded among the other Kutani-ware, Kanazawa Kutani-ware now is made using electric or gas kiln centering around Kanazawa.
Traditionally, Kutani is known for its bright, five-colored (blue, navy blue, yellow, purple, and red) over-glaze patterns, but today much broader variety of color is used, moreover more ceramists tends to make good use of the soil color itself rather than using the bright colors.

Process of Kutani-ware

Quarrying Out Stones
quarry out potter's stone

grind the stone into fine earth.

soak the earth in water to remove floating material, such as iron.

Sucking up and Softening
suck up extra water to soften the clay.

remove air inside the clay which causes cracks and strains.

form with potter's wheel.
form with molding.

Drying and Finishing
put pedestal and knob.
finish brim.

Unglazed firing
fire it at 800 degrees centigrade for 8 hours.

Preliminary drawing
draw an outline with "Sometsuke-gosu"
(dark blue paint) made of cobalt oxide.

enamel the surface of pottery.

Glazed firing
fire at 1300 degrees centigrade for more than 15 hours.

draw hairline with Gosu.
paint with five color paints.

fire between 800 and 1000 degrees centigrade.

Firing for gold and silver
paint gold and silver and fire at 400 degrees centigrade.

Painting Style

KO-KUTANI KO-KUTANI (about 330 years ago)
This style prospered under the guidance of Morikage Kusumi, expert of the Kano school of Japanese painting. It is characteristic of mighty and lovely design and flowing hairline with five color paints (green, yellow, red, purple, dark blue).
MOKUBEI MOKUBEI (about 180 years ago)
After the decline of the Ko-kutani, the Kasugayama kiln was founded. Mokubei Aoki, painter in kyoto is said to have led the style. Ground is generally painted red and figure of Chinese style is preferred as an object.
YOSHIDAYA YOSHIDAYA (about 165 years ago)
This is a style of Ko-Kutani origin, painted all over with four colors except red with small pattern as ground, showing profound atmosphere.
IIDAYA (AKA-E) IIDAYA (AKA-E) (about 150 years ago)
This is a minute painting of figure with the color of red as ground and gold in places.
SHOZA SHOZA (about 135 years ago)
This is the main style of today with all styles putting together. The "Saishiki-kinrande" is characteristic of it.
SHOZA EIRAKU (about 120 years ago)
This is a gorgeous style with red as ground and gold showing refined beauty of "Kyo-yaki" style led by Wazen Eiraku.

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