IZUSHI Yaki (Porcelain)
Large quantities of kaolin were discovered in the Izuhi area during the 18th century. With the help of the local feudal lord, potters skilled in the porcelain making from Arita (present-day Saga Prefecture) were brought in to help, and the porcelain made in the castle town of Izushi marked the beginnings of these wares. Subsequently, the number of kilns increased in and around this castle town, and a production center became established.
Today, Izushi is the only area producing pure white porcelain, and the sculptural techniques that enhance its beauty are very high-level. With their silky surface, these wares have a sense of unblemished elegance and extreme refinement. The main items produced today are tea ceremony implements and flower vases, both with an enviable delicacy.
Among the porcelain-producing areas, only Izushi can boast the purest white porcelain, and the sculpting techniques employed to bring out such lustrous beauty are highly sophisticated. Izushi Yaki has a texture reminiscent of silk and a simple charm full of grace and elegance.
How to make
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 fired.