Obori Soma Ware
Indications are that the origins of Obori Soma ware go back to toward the end of the 17th century. Under the patronage and protection of the local Soma clan the kilns flourished and by the middle of the 19th century, there were more than 100 at work, making it the largest production center in the whole of the Tohoku region of northern Japan. With the changes which took place in the commercial sector on entering the Meiji period (1868-1912), the number of working kilns fell and now there are just 24 at work. Fueled by the 300-year-old heritage of ceramics in the area, however, the creative spirit is still alive.
The majority of pieces are glazed with a clear, glasslike celadon glaze, verging on green. Overall crazing is also a common feature, which makes this ware all the more approachable. The source of the celadon glaze is found locally, but it is not the only glaze used. An ash glaze as well as an amber colored one and a white slip glaze are also used. There are now 24 firms with 120 staff, among whom 4 are nationally recognized Master Craftsmen, making vases, tea bowls, cups and flasks for sake and other distinctively decorated pieces.
- Obori Soma Ware Association
- 91 Aza Obori, Obori, Namie-machi,
Futaba-gun, Fukushima Prefcture
Website : http://www.somayaki.or.jp