May 22, 2008

Kiyomizu (Kyoyaki)

Sake bottle & cup

The history of Kiyomizu pottery traces back to the end of the 16th century. Kiyomizu, also known as Kyoyaki, means pottery. This form of pottery originated in Kyoto. Kyoto was the capital of Japan from 794 to 1869 (except during the Edo period 1603-1869). Traditions and techniques were brought together from all over the Japan. The tea ceremony was established in Kyoto. Kiyomizu pottery was developed with the most refined techniques by many famous potters (Ninsen, Kenzan, Mokubei Aoki, Eiraku Hozen). The skills and techniques are highly valued and continue to the present.

Most of the works are handmade, anti-mass production. They continue to use the wheel for the shaping process and all pieces are hand painted. Today most Japanese pottery is mass produced and is reasonably priced. Kiyomizu pottery offers the discerning connoisseur a unique alternative.


Rei said...

Hi there, I chanced upon your blog while browsing Japanese handcraft. I am from Singapore and would love to know more about Japanese culture. May I have the pleasure to link you?

Many thanks.

Elise said...

Beautiful Japanese Art, thanks for the post
Here,a very nice Japanese Gallery in Paris (France)
Yakimono Paris