Tokoname YakiTokoname Ware
We can sail up until last years of Heian era, and model of Tokoname Yaki which is said to be old Tokoname Yaki is counted in one of Japanese six Old kilns. In the Heian era, we put thing which we wrote sutra of Buddhism and buried in the underground, and scripture mound pot (kyozukatsubo) to pray for benefit was made.
Tea ceremony and flower arrangement article were made mainly in Muromachi, the Azuchimomoyama era, and bit until the middle of Edo era, and, in addition, container of living was main product to tea ceremony and flower arrangement article from last years in the Edo era.
And, from the Meiji era, sanitary ware, tile, flowerpots such as drainpipe, washbowl or toilet were produced flourishingly, too. The history of change of main production product only in production center blessed with high quality potter's clay is connected by richness for wide product constitution of the present.
Pieces representing the beginnings of Tokoname Yaki were made at the end of the Heian period (794-1185) and it is now counted among Japan's six old kilns. During the Heian period, Kyozuka urns were made in which to put Buddhist sutras before burial in the ground as a way of asking favors of the Buddha. During the Muromachi period (1392-1573), the pottery produced mainly tea bowls and other tea ceremony items as well as ikebana flower vases. Jars appeared in the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) and normal household tableware started to be produced at the end of the Edo period alongside the prized tea ceremony pieces. Sanitary items such as drain-pipes, wash-hand basin and toilets, tiles and plant pots were added to the list of products in the Meiji period (1868-1912). Undoubtedly the vast range of products available today is the result of being a production center with plentiful supplies of good quality clay to hand, and because of the area's ability to change its line of main products in step with demand down through history.
The red coloring which develops as a result of the iron in the clay is a special feature of this ware, and while some of the pieces develop the qualities of the clay to the full, others are glaze. The product line is mainly composed of traditional items including items for tea ceremony use, vases, ornaments, decorative plant pots, bonsai trays, and an assortment of jars and larger pots.
|Industrial art object name
|Classification of industrial art object
||Tea set, vase, ornament, flowerpot, pot, tortoise
|Main production area
||Aichi / Tokoname-shi, Handa-shi, Chita-shi
|The designation date
||June 2, 1976
■local production associations
■Associated exhibit space, facility
The feature becomes that we let iron content included in raw materials develop red. Various products such as products which we made product, glaze (we say we bake) which we made use of soil skin in on are prepared.
The red color that comes from the iron in the clay is a characteristic of this pottery. Items that enhance the character of the clay, glazed products, and other various items can be found.
How to make
By traditional potter's wheel, direct copy, method of the making of form such as hand twist, we produce from big thing to small thing. Because potter's clay becoming raw materials is sticky, and particle is small, we sharpen and we polish and can make form. We produce a lot of products using technique only by such a Tokoname Yaki.
A variety of large and small items are made using techniques ranging from the traditional potter's wheel, to hand forming and casting. The clay used as the base material has a stickiness and the particles are very fine, so it can easily be formed through carving and polishing. In this way, many products are produced using techniques befitting Tokoname yaki.