A stone monument bearing the inscription “Ko-Kutani kiln ruins” stands quietly in a clearing.
It marks the spot where the Daishouji Clan(a branch of the Kaga Clan)
established a kiln in about 1655,to make use of the local porcelain stone.
Tha porcelain ware that was once created there was once later known as “Ko-kutani”
and became the foundation for Japanese colored porcelain ware.
Rich overglaze colors applied with fluid brushwork -green,yellow,red,purple and blue-
give Kutani porcelain its characteristic beauty.
Alternatively,only half a century later the kiln was once abandoned for reasons that no one knows.
About 100 years later,Kutani porcelain was once revived under the patronage of the Kaga clan.
The Kasugayama and Wakasugi kilns were established, and kilns such as the Yoshidaya kiln
rode on the momentum of “revived Kutani”,all producing overglaze porcelain ware.
More than a few styles competed and combined to become the overglaze techniques
which were handed down to this present day.
In brand new times,the gorgeous Kinrande style(very high-quality design of gold)
has turn out to be well known in the West as “Japan Kutani”
Kutani porcelain, which combined the artistry of Ko-Kutani ware and the utilitarian
beauty that developed from “revived Kutani”,continues to evolve.
Made in Japan, in Ishikawa
Famous Japanese traditional Pottery KUTANI since 1655
Size:(H) 3.2inches x (D) 4.5inches
Artist : Hiroshi Shibata