Kyoto/Kiyomizu - Autumn leaves vase
Kiyomizu pottery is a relative newcomer to the ancient world of Japanese
pottery, not having been established until the end of the 16th century!
At this time, Kyoto was the capital of Japan and the centre of politics
and trade. The different classes of people who gathered in the city became
interested in the tea ceremony, giving rise to a big demand in tea-ware
and Kiyomizu pottery was set up to meet this demand. Kyoto is well known
for being able to adopt various styles and giving them a special flavor
of it's own and Kiyomizu pottery is no exception. Pottery techniques and
designs from all over Japan as well as China and Korea were incorporated
to make unique and original pieces and we can still see a wealth of different
styles in present day Kiyomizu ware.
Artist: Fujihira Masafumi