In the old days, pottery fired in Hizen (now Saga and Nagasaki Prefectures) was shipped all over Japan from the port of Karatsu, Saga Prefecture, and was therefore known as Karatsuー-yaki. So much pottery was produced in the region that Karatsu-mono became a general term for all pottery, particularly in the western half of the country. The pottery of this region developed greatly through the efforts of a potter who arrived from the Korean Peninsula in the latter half of the 16th century, introducing a variety of techniques including use of the potters wheel. The charm of Karatsu ware lies in its sturdy solidity, and a rich variety of products are made, including rice bowls, plates, jars, vases and other general items for everyday living. Karatsu ware was designated a traditional craft in 1988.'
Address: Furusato Hall:2881-1, Shinko-machi, Karatsu-shi, Saga
[Walk]JR Karatsu Stn. / 1-min. walk