Karatsu Ware


Although disputed, it seems likely that Karatsu Yaki was being made in this area even before the 1592 campaigns to Korea. The name is abbreviated from a ware made in the area of Matsuura where there were a number of kilns producing Taku kokaratsu, Hirado kokaratsu, and Takeo kokaratsu. It was, however, the ware from the Matsuura kokaratsu kiln that finally gave its name to this particular style of pottery.

The natural, earthy look of this ware gives it an appealing intimacy. The drawn motifs have a natural warmth and of all the pieces produced, those for the tea ceremony are particularly well known. Nowadays, tea cups, teapots, flower vases and sake flasks fill the kilns.


The charms of Karatsu Yaki are in its taste of the soil and simpleness. It has rustic patterns which gives the warm feelings of the soil. The pottery is especially famous for use in tea ceremony.

How to make

Techniques used include wheel throwing, slab work, hand forming, and casting. Carvings, brush marking, damascening, scraping and other methods are used for decoration. It is baked with 1,300℃ after gloss is applied.