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Fukuoka traditional craft Ueno ware


History of Ueno ware

The history of Ueno ware begins in 1602. It is a pottery that was born from the encounter between Hosokawa Tadaoki, the first lord of the Buzen Kokura domain, who received lessons from Sen no Rikyu, who laid the foundation for the tea ceremony, and Sonkai, a potter from the Ri dynasty, and was primarily made as tea utensils. During the Tokugawa period, there were many tea utensils that were so well-known and of such high quality that they were selected as one of the seven Enshu kilns.

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However, when the Edo period changed to the Meiji period and the domain system was abolished, Uenoyaki ceased to be protected by the domain. It was revived in 1901 with assistance from Tagawa County and continues to this day.

Characteristics of Ueno ware

Ueno ware is characterized by its thin structure, which is typical of tea pottery, which strongly reflects the spirit of the tea ceremony, ``Wabisabi,'' which means ``something simple and quiet,'' and its variety, which is due to its departure from the tradition that was once on the verge of extinction. Here are some expressions: Moreover, the ``patina nagashi'' design, in which an impressive green glaze derived from copper is applied in a flowing manner, is a symbol of Ueno ware.

We would like to introduce the works of Koshin Kiln that are available on our online site. The kiln was built in 1971, and has been produced by three generations of parents and children.In addition to the traditional patina, they create works with a variety of expressions.

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