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In the mid 17th century

Birth of Kutani-ware
Birth of Kutani-ware
Around 1655, Toshiharu Maeda, the first lord of the Daishoji clan, a branch of the Kaga clan, found pottery stone in his domain and founded a kiln in Kutani Village (present-day Kutani-machi, Yamanaka-onsen, Kaga City, Ishikawa Prefecture). This is said to be the origin of Kutani-ware. However, the kiln was closed for an unknown reason only half a century after its establishment. The ceramics produced during this period, called “Ko-kutani” (old Kutani), are highly valued as outstanding overglaze porcelain.

Traditional Decorating Styles

KOKUTANI

KOKUTANI 1655〜
Features five distinctive colors: blue (green), yellow, red, purple and dark blue. 
In the “Aote” style, the surface is covered with yellow, green and purple.
 

MOKUBE

MOKUBE 1807〜
This style was established by Mokubei Aoki, a skilled Kyo-yaki ware craftsman.
Arhats were depicted in the five Kutani colors against a red background.
 

YOSHIDAYA

YOSHIDAYA 1824〜
This striking style features the four colors of green, yellow, purple and dark blue
on both side of the ware. Realistic, soft lines create a unique atmosphere.

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World-renowned Kutani-ware
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