Karatsu ware

Saga, Kyushu

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 Karatsućƒ¼-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.’


Furusato Hall:2881-1, Shinko-machi, Karatsu-shi, Saga
[Walk]JR Karatsu Stn. / 1-min. walk

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