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Arita porcelain

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Porcelain first started to be produced in Arita, Saga-pref. at the beginning of the 17th century when large kaolin deposits were discovered at Izumiyama ( see picture, bottom left). From this time on, blue sometsuke pieces were produced. The red overglaze technique of "akae" was introduced in the mid 17th century and by the end of the century gold decoration was also evident. From the mid 17th century onward many of these opulent and often highly ornamental pieces were shipped abroad from the port of Imari, resulting in all pieces crafted in and around the area ( ie. Arita and Nabeshima) being grouped together under the IMARI label.
It is a tradition in Arita that many craftsmen are involved in the production of one piece. For example there are craftsmen specialised in turning the pots, some involved in the underglaze painting ( see picture, bottom centre), and others in charge of the overglaze decoration. Once trained, most craftsmen stay in the same profession for life.
Pictured bottom right is the famous persimmon tree outside the Kakiemon kiln, a symbol of the famous craftsman's process of trial and error to develop a red pigment similar in color to the Japanese persimmon fruit in the mid 17th century. It is through the efforts of many great and diligent craftsmen that Arita has become synonymous with quality Japanese pottery and it is their legacy that keeps the Arita area still producing original and graceful pieces today.

Middle - Handpainting at Shingama kiln (Seika)
Egg shell porcelain by Hirado Tosho (Tosyo) XIII,
Hirado eggshell porcelain cup
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Egg shell porcelain by Hirado Tosho (Tosyo) XIII,
Hirado eggshell porcelain cup
Egg shell porcelain by Hirado Tosho (Tosyo) XIII,
Hirado eggshell porcelain cup

Suisho bori yunomi

Arita porcelain guinomi sake cup
Suishobori Seigaiha guinomi

Arita yunomi cup for Japanese green tea
Hirado shonzui tea cup
Arita porcelain tea set
Suisho bori Seigaiha
sencha cup


Suishobori teapot


Arita porcelain rock glass
Suishobori Seigaiha
Rock glass
Arita yunomi cup for Japanese green tea
Hakuji ridged yunomi


Handpainted sometsuke tea bowl - Sardines from Warabe Kobo Studio

Handpainted sometsuke katakuchi sake pourer - Sardines from Warabe Kobo Studio
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  Hand painted sardines sakazuki
Hand painted sake cup - Sardines from Warabe kobo studio

Hand painted sakazuki
Hand painted sake cup - Choshi Coast from Warabe kobo studio



Arita porcelain beer cups

Japanese pottery Arita janame sake cup and a katakuchi sake pourer
Bunzan kiln

Senbori celadon yunomi tea cup from Choshun kiln
Senbori celadon Seiji yunomi /Choshun kiln

Sea bream design plate from Kouraku killn

Sometsuke fish shaped dish from Kouraku kiln


Arita cherry blossom chintz pattern teapot by Kisen
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Arita silver gosu-tokusa pattern teapot by Kisen
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Arita yunomi cup for Japanese green tea
Iroe Umekikumon kumidashi cups


Iroe Umekikumon teapot



Iroe Umekikumon dobin style teapot

Arita yunomi cup for Japanese green tea
Iroe Umekikumon yunomi
Gagyu white heron guinomi sake cup
Gagyu guinomi - white heron

Gagyu sencha set
Gagyu sencha cup set
Utsutsugawa Gagyu teapot
Gagyu Pampas grass teapot

Utstsugawa Gagyu Shirasagi teacup for Japanese green tea
Gagyu yunomi - White heron

Utsutsugawa Gagyu teacup for Japanese green tea
Gagyu Pampas grass yunomi

Gagyu heron sakazuki sake cup
Gagyu sakazuki -white heron

Ocean wave cups

Seigaiha pattern porcelain sencha cup
Seigaiha sencha cup


Aritayaki incised daffodil yunomi
by Kawasaki Seichi


MAYU teapot from Hakusan
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Handpainted flamingo mug

White teapot from Hakusan porcelain Co.

White mist cup from Hakusan porcelain Co.
Arita Shinemon guinomi sake cup gift set
Various guinomi sake cup set from Shinemon kiln


Kinuta Seiji yunomi
from Shinemon kiln


Kinuta Seiji guinomi
from Shinemon kiln


Kinyo guinomi
from Shinemon kiln

Handpainted tiger yunomi

Handpainted daruma shochu cup

Abalone shape sometsuke sansui dishes from Kisen
Silk road guinmi from Shinemon kiln
Silk road guinomi
from Shinemon kiln

Kirameki guinomi by Baba Kusuo of Shinemon kiln

Yamabukinoyume guinomi by Baba Kusuo of Shinemon kiln
Silk road yunomi from Shinemon kiln
Silk road yunomi

from Shinemon kiln

Shinsha yusai yunomi
from Shinemon kiln

Floating petals yunomi
from Shinemon kiln


Ginga guinomi
from Shinemon kiln


Ginga sakazuki by Baba Kusuo
of Shinemon kiln
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Ginga yunomi
from Shinemon kiln
Otoso set
New Year O-toso set/Kisen kiln

Gyokuro cups by Eizan
Butterfly chopstickrests
Porcelain butterfly chopstick rests
Arita handpainted tea bowls by Okabe Michiko
Okabe Michiko (Keikougama kiln)
Suiteki - water dropper
Calligraphy water dropper

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