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Kyoto Ware・Kiyomizu Ware

Traditional technique : Kyoto Ware・Kiyomizu Ware
Birthplace : Kyoto
Age of origin : Around 800
Period : Nara period

History :

The pottery baked in a kiln operated in Kyoto is called "Kyoto". Among them, the name "Kiyomizu-ware" has penetrated throughout Japan, but this is also a famous pottery that can be mentioned as one of Kyo-ware. Also, Awadaguchi ware, Otowaki, Kuroya ware, Oguchiware, Yasaka ware, Momoyama ware are also pottery developed in Kyoto and its surroundings, hanging around the flow of Kyoto. The history of Kyo-ware goes back a year back from a few thousand years ago. In the Nara era, a monk line built a kiln at the Kaigyoji (Kyoto prefecture Higashiyama ku) to manufacture earthenware, and its ruins are said to be a tea cupboard.

Also, before the Muromachi period, the potter who came from China and Korea developed its own technology in Japan, and the technology was conveyed to the potter in Japan. In addition, it is said that potters from all over the country have carried these technologies and gathered in Kyoto, the center of culture.For that reason, Kyoto ware has a wide range of items, it can be thought of as a pottery that makes the flow of areas such as Seto, Mino, Shigaraki, Kokutani, Imari Imari feel the flow. In other words, Kyoto is a deep pottery mixed with the essence of various ceramics, one of the traditional crafts that Japan is proud of. One person indispensable in the history of Kyoto-baki and Kiyomizu-ware is Nomura Nonomura. It was a potter of Tamba, but after Ichiroku, I will make teaware and I will acquire the secret law of Kishida. It is a splendid and elegant colored pottery, which could be said to be one of the peaks of Kyoto and Kiyomizu. Ogata Kuroyama who received hands directly from Nishini is a decorative pictorial design and added its own design.

When entering the second half of the Edo era, the influence of the large number of South painters who drew Chinese literary painting flow, such as Ike Majora and Urakami Tamado, was influenced, and the Kyoto and Kiyomizu-ware were transformed into porcelain developed by color painting pottery and Okuda Eikawa Two worlds are born with the Chinese culture. After that, masterpieces such as Aoki Kimi, Ninami Daehachi, Eikura Conservation continued, bringing the traditional Kyo-ware · Kiyomizu-ware's prime, as it is to the unique style of today. Regarding molding, there are various techniques depending on the product, such as hand method, rock method, embossing method with plaster mold, pouring method. Firing traditionally used the Kyoritsu climbing kiln, but in recent years it has shifted to an electric kettle or gas kettle. Currently, not only in the Higashiyama area, but also in Yamashina and Uji City's coal mine area, that technology spreads, we will create a new Kyoto and Kiyomizu ware.

Feature :

For Kiyomizu-ware, the technique of Kiyomizu-ware is wide from the soil-baked pottery to the dyeing or colorful porcelain, and there is a place that it is difficult to say that this is a feature. Because saying that Kyoto - Kiyomizu - ware is more than supported by the pottery making it than the method itself. In that sense, it may be similar to Kyoto cuisine.

In the ground of Kyoto where raw materials are small (can not be taken), how to process high quality material coming from various places depends on the skill of craftsmen. It is a feeling that there are as many kinds of pottery as it is taking a multi-kind small order production order production system to receive production orders from Okaya-san and tea men.

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