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Karatsu Yaki (Karatsu ware) – The history of Karatsu

Karatsu Yaki (Karatsu ware)Place of production: Karatsu city, Saga Prefecture

The story: Karatsu means “The port to Tang China dynasty”. The pottery production was introduced by potters from Tsushima Island and Iki island emigrated to this prefecture in the ancient ages. And, the more diverse styles of Karatsu-Yaki were produced after Korean potters introduced the technologies of a kiln, potter’s wheel, and glaze. A few examples are E-Karatsu, Chosen-Karatsu, Madara -Karatsu, Mishima-Karatsu, Kobiki-Karatsu.

Karatsu-Yaki has been well- known for its familiar shape since the old age. Many tea connoisseurs were fond of this pottery so much that a proverb was made, which is “first-Raku, second-Hagi and Karatsu as a third”. Also, later the reputation of Karatsu-Yaki became nationwide to the point where it was mentioned as “the top of the west pottery is Karatsu while the top of east pottery is Seto. Karatsu-Yaki, whose shape is simple yet relaxed, holds the new idea of pottery where a potter can freely paint flowers, fish, birds and so on. It also has the spirituality of wabi, which originates from its unique shape. Today, there are about 50 kilns in Karatsu city, where many potters try to develop new types pottery while keeping its traditional style throughout the flow of the times.

 

Karatsu – Pottery

  • ¥18,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Please enjoy the contrast of black and white, as taste of Wabi and Sabi.

  • ¥10,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Using glutinous rice straw glaze for upper side and iron graze downside of the cup. Comparison with 8.

  • ¥8,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Birds and grasses drawn traditional style.

  • ¥18,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Engraved dynamic. Base is double style.

  • ¥8,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Beautiful brush work on cup.

  • ¥18,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Kawakujira has a meaning for whale, outside of the cup as black skin of whale back, and white skin as belly. Traditional style of Karatsu Yaki. Looks simple but require highly skill of potter.

  • ¥8,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Please take a look on dynamic iron brush work. Comparison with 10.

  • ¥8,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Please take a look on dynamic iron brush work. Comparison with 9.

  • ¥35,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Set of Sake bottle and cup. Even using natural soil from same place, color changes by heaten position of kiln.

  • ¥20,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Sakazuki is a meaning of “not a dish”. Make us imagine old ages of Samurais.

  • ¥25,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Yamase is a name of place in Hamatama town. Using natural soil of Yamase.

  • ¥18,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Katatkuchi(lip) is good a design. It is able to use to serve Sake, or drink directly. Yamase is a name of place in Hamatama town.

  • ¥10,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Using iron graze for upper side and glutinous rice straw glaze downside of the cup. Comparison with 7.

  • ¥18,000

    Made in Japan Free Shipping Worldwide Glaze is made from glutinous rice straw. Yamase is a name of place in Hamatama town. Serving Sake inside make the cup more beautiful.