Kutani ware

Ishikawa, Chubu

Tradition has it that Kutani-yaki ware was first produced by order of Maeda Toshiharu, who governed this region in the mid-17th century. When minerals used in porcelain were discovered in this region, craftsmen were dispatched to present-day Arita-cho in Saga Prefecture, known as a production center for porcelain, to learn porcelain-making techniques. Products made during this period are known as Ko-kutani. Production of Kutani ware ceased at the end of the 17th century, but commenced again in the 19th century. Kutani ware is distinguished by designs using five colors: green, yellow, red, purple and navy, which are used to paint over dynamic line drawings. The slightly bluish foundation unique to Kutani ware highlights the design even further. Even now many different products are made here, including vases, tableware, tea sets and ornaments. Kutani ware was designated a traditional craft in 1975.


Kutani Ceramic Village:Izumidaimachi-minami, Nomi-shi, Ishikawa
[Car]Hokuriku Expressway Komatsu IC / 15-min. ride

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