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Arita, Imari - Porcelain ware made in Saga, Japan Porcelain first started to be produced in Arita, Saga-pref. at the beginning of the 17th century when large kaolin deposits were discovered at Izumiyama ( see picture, bottom left). From this time on, blue sometsuke pieces were produced. The red overglaze technique of "akae" was introduced in the mid 17th century and by the end of the century gold decoration was also evident. From the mid 17th century onward many of these opulent and often highly ornamental pieces were shipped abroad from the port of Imari, resulting in all pieces crafted in and around the area ( ie. Arita and Nabeshima) being grouped together under the IMARI label.
It is a tradition in Arita that many craftsmen are involved in the production of one piece. For example there are craftsmen specialised in turning the pots, some involved in the underglaze painting ( see picture, bottom centre), and others in charge of the overglaze decoration. Once trained, most craftsmen stay in the same profession for life.
Pictured bottom right is the famous persimmon tree outside the Kakiemon kiln, a symbol of the famous craftsman's process of trial and error to develop a red pigment similar in color to the Japanese persimmon fruit in the mid 17th century.
It is through the efforts of many great and diligent craftsmen that Arita has become synonymous with quality Japanese pottery and it is their legacy that keeps the Arita area still producing original and graceful pieces today.

Arita, Imari - Porcelain ware made in Saga, Japan

Handpainting at Shingama kiln (Seika)

Lovely affordable pieces from Arita (and Hasami in the Arita area). Carefully crafted with a simple elegance appropriate for special occasions, yet at a price reasonable enough for everyday use.



The year of the horse ornament
The year of the Horse Ornament


Hirado Eggshell porcelain cup
Hirado eggshell porcelain cup

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Hirado Eggshell porcelain cup
Hirado Eggshell porcelain cup

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Hirado eggshell porcelain cup
Arita Peony teapot
Handpainted peony teapot
SOLD


Arita Nasu teapot
Handpainted egg plant teapot
SOLD


Arita porcelain teapot
White egg shaped teapot

Arita porcelain teapot
Handpainted flower teapot #1

Arita porcelain teapot
Handpainted flower teapot#2



Handmade Sumo wrestler dolls
by Mukaeda Hidehito (Warabe Studio)
Japanese pottery Arita teacup
Handpainted noodle dish set/
Hataman

Japanese pottery Arita handpainted tea bowl
Handpainted sometsuke tea bowl By Mukaeda Hideto (Warabe studio)

Arita porcelain guinomi sake cup

Suishobori Seigaiha
Guinomi
SOLD OUT

Arita porcelain tea set

Suisho bori Seigaiha
tea set

Arita yunomi cup for Japanese green tea
Suisho bori yunomi




Suisho bori acqua dot teapot and yunomi


Suishobori teapot

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Arita yunomi cup for Japanese green tea
Shonzui kachou yunomi

 


Black & white sake set/
Matsuo Shusuke

Sleeping cat
Handpainted sleeping cat



chataku for tea bowl
Large wooden chataku for
tea bowls


Makie style butterfly pattern
incense pot / Kouraku kiln

Various everyday teacup
(No gift box)

Handpainted bamboo cup
Sometsuke bamboo cup
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hand painted dragon sake tokkuri and a guinomi
Handpainted dragon sake bottle & cup

Blue dragon yunomi teacup
Handpainted blue dragon cup
from Aokobo studio #2

Blue dragon cup from Aokobo studio
Handpainted blue dragon cup
from Aokobo studio


Design award white teapot
from Hakusan porcelain co.

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Ridged celadon teapot and yunomi from Hakusan porcelain company
Ridged celadon teapot and yunomi from Hakusan porcelain company



Arita yunomi cup for Japanese green tea
Hakuji ridged yunomi

 



Iroe umekikumon teaset
Iroe Umekikumon tea set
Arita tea set
Somenishiki shochikubai tea set

dragon ornament from Warabe studio
dragon ornament
from Warabe studio

Arita yunomi cup for Japanese green tea
Iroe Umekikumon yunomi


Arita square dinner plates

Sometsuke Shikunshi tea set

 


Gyokuro cups, teapot, yuzamashi, chatsubo by Eizan

Arita yunomi cup for Japanese green tea
Hirado shonzui yunomi



Tenmoku fern plates by Kisen


Utstsugawa Gagyu Shirasagi teacup for Japanese green tea
Gagyu yunomi - White heron

Senbori celadon yunomi tea cup from Choshun kiln

Senbori celadon Seiji yunomi

Tako karakusa sansui yunomi

Sometsuke Tako karakusa
Sansui yunomi

Gagyu white heron guinomi sake cup
Gagyu guinomi - white heron

 

Gagyu sencha set

Gagyu sencha cup set

 

Utsutsugawa Gagyu teacup for Japanese green tea
Gagyu Pampas grass yunomi

 


Maritime Silk road yunomi
from Shinemon kiln

Gagyu heron sakazuki sake cup

Gagyu sakazuki -white heron



Ginga yunomi from Shinemon kiln
SOLD

 

Silk road yunomi from Shinemon kiln

Silk road yunomi

from Shinemon kiln

Yohen silver yuteki yunomi

Yohen silver yuteki yunomi

from Shinemon kiln

OUkamon yunomi teacup from Shinemon kiln

Oukamon yunomi

from Shinemon kiln


Kinyo guinomi from
Shinemon kiln

Otoso set
New Year O-toso set/Kisen kiln
Dragon geta ornament
Dragon Geta ornament

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