Kasama Ware

Ibaraki

Kasama Yaki started in the middle of the Edo period (1600-1868) and was influenced by the feudal system until the abolition of the clans and the establishment of prefectures in the Meiji period (1868-1912).
Many kitchen utensils such as mixing bowls and jugs were produced from the outset up until about 1945. The type of products fired have changed gradually over the years since the end of World War II and at present tableware, flower vases and ornaments are being made.

Many different potteries, potters and outlets make or sell Kasama Yaki. Most of the products are handmade. The area is attracting attention because of the great variety of styles which exist, ranging from some really original pieces to those which are more traditional, and still others with a more modern look.

Feature

There are nearly 200 pottery barns, potters and shops dealing in Kasama Yaki pottery products in the Kasama area of Ibaraki prefecture. The region garners a great deal of attention as its products are primarily hand made, and range from unique, never-before-seen pieces to traditional designs.

How to make

The clay used for Kasama Yaki pottery is high in iron, and if no special steps are taken produces a dark red product. Therefore to produce a variety of different expressions, decoration techniques such as drawing pictures and applying white dirt turned into a paste are used. The products are hand-crafted, and many products produced by turning on a potters wheel, being cut from a sheet of clay or being entirely hand molded can be found.

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