Izushi YakiIzushi Ware

Because uncut stone of a large quantity of white porcelain was discovered in hometown in the middle of Edo era, we receive support of feudal lord and invite ceramist of present Arita-cho, Saga, and it is done with opening what made porcelain in castle town of Izushi.
The number of potteries increased and came to form production center afterwards.

Large quantities of kaolin were discovered in the area during the 18th century. With the help of the local feudal lord, potters skilled in the making of porcelain from Arita in present-day Saga Prefecture were brought in to help, and the porcelain made in the castle town of Izushi marked the beginnings of this ware. Subsequently, the number of kilns increased in and around this castle town and a production center became established.

It is now the only area producing a pure white porcelain and the sculptural techniques that enhance its beauty are of a very high standard. With its silky surface, this ware has sense of unblemished elegance and is refined in the extreme. The main items produced today are for the tea ceremony and flower vases, both with an enviable delicacy.

  • Notification

    skills and techniques

    Molding drains bag which sharpen, and does forming finish and wet wiping finish of the whole surface of basis material so that potter's wheel molding, direct copy molding or basis material has property that is equal to case by these molding methods; thing by molding.

    When do design charge account of basis material, or put carving, openwork; thing by charge account.

    When do china-painting with underglaze color, thing by line drawing, dami or reckoning length. In this case, paint assumes "asbolite paint".

    "Take ditch" or carry away glaze hook; thing by credit. In this case, glaze assumes "transparent glaze" or "celadon porcelain glaze".

    When do overglazing, thing by line drawing, dami or reckoning length. In this case, paint assumes "sum paint" or "gold and silver colored picture tool".

    Raw materials

    Yes, it be said that clay for chinaware to use for soil has materials which are equal to Kakitani clay for chinaware or this.

  • Work scenery

    We will see main process before Izushi Yaki being made.

    Process 1: The making of kaolin

    Raw materials of Izushi Yaki which is porcelain are clay for chinaware. We grind the clay for chinaware and we knead stiffly and make kaolin (so-called clay). Craftsman did in old days, but entrusts in a lump now.

    Process 2: Molding

    Process is divided into three phases in molding more. At first what "we work out". We can say pre-stage of molding, but are very important work. In this way, we let air in kaolin. We work out carefully for about 1-2 hours. Next "molding." We put thought in hand using potter's wheel and we concentrate consciousness on the fingers and make. It is process that "we reduce" thirdly. We sharpen with potter's wheel to clean bottom and appearance. Work of molding terminates in this.

    Process 3: Drying

    In house, we dry work which we molded for one month from 20th.

    Process 4: Carving

    This work may not be so when we begin process, but is work touching relief-formed design on the surface.

    Process 5: Unglazing

    We just bake work by fire of 800-900 degrees for 12-20 hours. We cool for two days, and kiln nominates afterwards on the third day. When (1) does unglazing once, reason to make unglazing does not return to soil. (2)Even if it hangs medicine, work is not broken, and this is because it is in a condition to be easy to hang medicine again.

    Process 6: With picture

    We paint with State of Kure (we do) in osuru with blue picture. We refer painting with glaze back rouge (saying good kid) at the time of red.

    Process 7: We hang glaze (say bake)

    Even if glaze is called medicine; thing which is natural as for the material. Feldspar, clay for chinaware, limestone is raw material. There are two kinds to glaze. Transparence glaze for the first to give luster. The second is crystal glaze (thing which we added talc to) matting for objection. All serve to protect work.

    Process 8: This roast

    We bake by fire of 1250-1300 degrees for around 20 hours.

    Process 9: Getting out kiln

    Kiln nominates from this roast on the third day. It is finally completion. It takes more than one month before it is completed.


  • Close-up

    Craftsman of new bud = Izushi Yaki brought up in nature of Tajima

    Izushi that is said to be Kyoto of Tajima. The history still breathes in cityscape of castle town which is full of taste. It is Izushi Yaki to have been born in such a delicate environment. We met young man fascinated with quiet jihada and delicacy.


    Traditional importance

    "New technique of classic and 5% of 95%. No, Kunimura of association says, it may be 99 to one. Izushi roast is extremely grilled dish with a little room where chance gets into. It "is not permitted in interval being. Calculation zukudenaito does not succeed. Talk continues saying thorough management is necessary. Izushi Yaki has been whetted under the tradition in harmony with beautiful nature of Tajima during long history. Ascetic practices that are more than for 20 years are necessary to be far from amateurish to be said to be professional ascetic practices more than ten years; already name. As a result, beautiful white porcelain, Izushi Yaki letting white of basis material become more attractive still more are completed.

    Nitten winning work "tetsuuwagusuri*tsubo"

    Insatiate search heart

    Own kiln wanted to last by all means, and Kunimura made fund with office worker life for 2 years during ascetic practices and we had own kiln nine years ago and were able to become independent. Eyes of Kunimura saying, "we have style and want to make grand work" feel hot, and they shine. "We want to make work feeling that it is beautiful." in beautiful nature of Tajima as source It is said that it is "crispiness" "it is gorgeous" "light blue" "feeling of strain" and "sense of relief" if we express by words. "Consciousness of the writer is important, and "we continue asking oneself, and it is said, it is necessary for work feeling that it is beautiful to repeat self ascetic practices" which we want to pursue sense of beauty with technique thoroughly" to express it.

    Work scenery of potter's wheel molding

    New challenge

    As future activity, we follow tradition and want to challenge introduction of other techniques although we polish technique more. For example, it is said that it wants to increase variations including "grease spot tea bowl" that it is to pattern stained with drop of "leaf tea bowl" which took in leaf as pattern and oil. We want to expect more and more lucks for "Izushi Yaki feeling that it is more beautiful".

    • Leaf tea bowl

    • Hiroshi Kunimura and work

    Craftsman profile

    Hiroshi Kunimura

    It was born in 1964.
    We are apprenticed from all over Osaka University of Arts attendance at school. It is prepared for the pot purchase financially on the way for two years by office worker life. We become independent to 27 years old. Lecturer at present Izushi High School, deishi*kokyodokumigoyakuin. Two times of with Japanese Traditional Craft exhibition choice, with ceramic art exhibition choice two times in Japan.


    White porcelain, Izushi Yaki which is succeeded ceaselessly

    Yamamoto mechanic two people work continuing avant-garde fictionization

    • Nagasawa Eishin work

    • Nagasawa Eishin work

    • Nagasawa Eishin work



Industrial art object name Izushi Yaki
Phonetic symbol We do without being and bake
Classification of industrial art object Ceramics
Main product Vase, tea set
Main production area Hyogo / Toyooka-shi
The designation date March 3, 1980

Contact information

■local production associations

Izushi Yaki Sue friend society
104-7, Izushichouchimachi, Toyooka-shi, Hyogo
NPO corporation Tajima country Izushi tourist association
TEL: 0796-52-4806
FAX: 0796-52-4815

■Associated exhibit space, facility


In porcelain production center, it is production center of white porcelain proud of the only "snow white". In addition, technique of sculpture enhancing the beauty is very high. Izushi Yaki harking back to silk skin overflows in dignity with beauty with neat and clean taste.

Among the porcelain-producing areas, this is the only area that can boast white porcelain of the "purest white." Furthermore, the sculpting techniques employed to bring out such beauty possess a very high level of sophistication. Izushi yaki, whose texture is reminiscent of silk, has a neat and clean charm and is filled with grace and elegance.

How to make

We assume local white clay for chinaware main material and the design of basis material is dated and carves and puts openwork, technique and painting of pasting up and bakes.

A local white porcelain stone is used as the main raw material; after the rough body is processed by means of patterning, sculpting, fretwork and pasting techniques, it is then painted and baked.

Voice from production center

Care, storage may not need attention in particular, but please keep in mind when you wash not to use scrubbing brush and hard sponge. As this is to prevent that the surface is damaged, and part engraved in particular does not hang glaze (we say we bake), please handle kindly.