Koishiwara Ware


The kiln set up by the feudal lord of the local Kuroda clan, in the 17th century at the beginning of the Edo period (1600-1868), was the first to be set up in Chikuzen in northern Kyushu. Large porcelain urns, jars and sake flasks were made under the name of Nakano yaki but in the middle of the 18th century, pottery was being produced under the name of Koishiwara Yaki.

The special features of this ware lie in the way in which the pottery is decorated using brush strokes on the large dishes and the large pots with their chattermarks. Using techniques which have barely altered over the centuries, urns, drinking vessels and flower vases are still being made today along with a range of tableware and some figurines.


Their characteristics appear on its decorations, such as hakeme (white slip) on large plates or tobikanna (chatter marks) on pots. Pots, tablewares, flower vases etc., are created through a well-preserved techniques from old times.

How to make

They are directly glazed and baked without biscuit firing after decorations are applied. The decorative techniques such as tobikanna, keshogake, hakeme are established in late 17th century.