Imari Arita YakiImari-Arita Ware
It is beginning of Imari Arita Yaki that clay for chinaware which is raw materials of porcelain was discovered in Arida Izumiyama by Sanpei Ri of ceramist whom Saga feudal lord who participated in the Korea dispatch of troops by Hideyoshi Toyotomi of the end of 16th century brought back from Korea.
It is said that thing burnt then is first Japanese porcelain.
It was called Imari ceramic ware now because porcelain called Imari Arita Yaki assumed Imari Port outport in those days. From dyed pattern that we painted with one color of blue to thing which did colorful overglazing, there is various expression. The styles included Old Imari, Kakiemon, gold-painted porcelain, Nabeshima, and Kakiemon style and Koimari-type porcelain attracted European people with the beauty among other things. Imari Arita Yaki was exported in large quantities through Netherlands firm in the Edo era.
The origins of Imari Arita Yaki date back to the end of the 16th century when the Saga clan, which had been involved in Toyotomi Hideyoshi's campaigns in Korea, brought back the potter, Li Sanpei who discovered porcelain stone at Mount Arita Izumi, in northern Kyushu. The porcelain that was subsequently made there was the first to be produced anywhere in Japan and was originally called Imari Yaki, simply because it was shipped through the port of Imari.
There are a number of different qualities ranging from a simple blue and white ware to pieces over-glazed with brilliant colors. Out of the number of styles including Koimari, Kakiemon, Kinrande and Nabesima, it was the beauty of the Koimari and Kakiemon porcelains which really appealed to people in Europe. In fact, during the Edo period (1600-1868), large quantities of Imari Arita Yaki was exported through the trading facilities retained exclusively by the Dutch in Japan.
Today as in the past, many fine pieces of Japanese and Western tableware are being produced along side some decorative items. Inevitably, however, it is the brilliance of the enamels and the beautiful white surfaces as well as its practicality, which continue to characterize Japan's most famous porcelain.
|Industrial art object name
||Imari Arita Yaki
|Classification of industrial art object
||Japanese and Western tableware, accessories
|Main production area
||Saga / Imari-shi, Takeo-shi, Ureshino-shi, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun
|The designation date
||October 14, 1977
■local production associations
Sue, Saga porcelain industry cooperative association
Hokaomachi, Arita-cho, Nishimatsuura-gun, Saga third class 1217
■Associated exhibit space, facility
jihada which Imari Arita Yaki is white, and is beautiful and gorgeous painting, usability and robustness as tableware are the characteristics.
Imari Yaki and Arita Yaki are porcelains known by its beautiful white texture, glamorous paintings and also usability and durability as tablewares.
How to make
We crush clay for chinaware and make powdery and we add water and will have clay. We make form with this clay using potter's wheel and model and do unglazing at low temperature. We give china-painting with underglaze color with paint and hang glaze (say bake) on the surface and bake at high temperature of around 1,300 degrees by kiln. When we attach polychromatic picture, we draw dyed figure on cloth to baked thing more and bake.
Crushed powder of pottery stone is mixed with water to make the clay. The clay is molded or wheel-throwed into a shape and biscuit-fired at low temperature. It is baked again with high temperature (around 1,300℃) in the kiln after painting and glossing are applied. When creating a multi-colored painting, it will be repeatedly baked after applying each color.