Kyo ware/Kiyomizu ware

Kyo ware/Kiyomizu ware Kyo yaki Kiyomizu yaki

Many kinds, small quantity handmade production
we produce pottery as sophisticated and delicate as the town of Kyoto

Description

What is Kyo ware/Kiyomizu ware ?

Kyo-ware/Kiyomizu-ware are ceramics and porcelain produced in the Kyoto area. Originally, Kyo-ware was a general term for all pottery produced in Kyoto, while Kiyomizu-ware referred to pottery produced on the road leading to the Kiyomizu temple. Kyo-ware is also known as Kyoto-ware. Today, Kyo-ware designs a large variety of potteries made in specific areas of Kyoto. Kiyomizu-ware is one of the many Kyo-ware categories and refers to potteries produced around the Kiyomizu temple.
Kyo-ware and Kiyomizu-ware are interesting because they are not just one type of pottery. Many distinct techniques are used to create different kinds of potteries but as long as they are produced in certain areas of Kyoto, they are considered Kyo-ware or Kiyomizu-ware. Each kiln also has its unique traditions and specialties.
Kyoto is known as a traditional city that perpetuates many long-established arts. Several types of tea ceremonies, flower arrangements or incense-smelling ceremonies during which the smell of the incense is tasted with traditional Kyoto cuisine or sweets are among the most famous traditions. Kyo-ware and Kiyomizu-ware were developed together with these cultures and that is why they fit so well in such historic environments.
Even today, when mass production has become the norm, Kyo-ware and Kiyomizu-ware are still making every piece by hand using traditional techniques.

History

Kyo-ware as we know it today was first created during the Nara and Heian periods (710-1185) and its production grew a lot as the tea ceremonies became more and more popular duing the Azuchi-Momoyama period (1573-1600).
The first highly skilled artisans appeared at the beginning of the Edo period (1603-1868), triggering the rapid development of modern Kyo-ware.
Famous names like Ninsei NONOMURA a potter from the Hyogo prefecture who completed magnificent painted ceramics or Kenzan OGATA, the younger brother of painter Korin OGATA, created masterpieces using original designs in collaboration with his older brother. During the latter part of the Edo period (middle of the 19th century), Eisan OKUDA became famous for his beautiful fired porcelain. Master artisans such as Mokubei AOKI, Douhachi NINNAMI or Hozen EIRAKU's masterpieces are also a must-see.
Moving into the Meiji period (1868-1912), advances were also made outside of Japan with the adoption of European porcelain production methods.
Kyo-ware and Kiyomizu-ware keep on using traditional techniques for making various types of high-quality potteries.

General Production Process

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Nishikawa-teizaburo-shoten atelier

Nishikawa-teizaburo-shoten atelier

Many kinds, small quantity handmade production With assiduity, we produce pottery as sophisticated and delicate as the town of Kyoto

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Shunzan-gama atelier

Shunzan-gama atelier

We have a large variety of items, from the traditional-style Kiyomizu-ware first created right in front of the Sennyuji temple by Ninsei NONOMURA and Kenzan OGATA to modern Kyoto pottery.

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Kyoto Museum of Traditional Crafts

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