CHOHO KILN RED MORI KUTANI LUCKY CAT 4.5IN
$306.00

Choho Kiln Red Mori Kutani Lucky Cat 4.5in

USD $306

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This adorable red lucky cat is painted in the "mori-e" technique, similar to slip trailing, which is a characteristic of Choho Kiln. A thick paint is squeezed out of an "icchin," a dispenser with a fine tip, and the patterns are carefully painted onto the surface. Mori-e adds decorative patterns with a tactile texture to smooth porcelain surfaces.

The vibrant red color of this lucky cat draws inspiration from the bright red berries of Nandina, a plant considered auspicious in Japan. In the context of feng shui, red is often symbolizes energy and vitality. The lucky cat with its right hand raised is said to bring good fortune to its owner. 

In the old days, Japanese farmers living with cats were said to prosper without crop damage because cats would drive away rats that damage their crops. Today, lucky cats have become popular as a charm of good financial fortune. And a lucky cat with its left hand raised is said to "invite people."

Filled with Japanese tradition and good fortune, this lucky cat is an excellent item for your house decor, promising prosperity to you and your loved ones. 

Choho Kiln was established at the end of the Taisho era (1912-1926), and has continued to operate as a wholesaler and manufacturer of Kutani Ware.

The kiln is characterized by bold painting and delicate "mori-e," three dimensional decorations, which are created by freely using green, yellow, purple, navy blue, and red color paints, a style called Kutani "gosai (five colors)."

In recent years, their main products have been interior decorations and ornaments. The third generation Choho continues to preserve traditional techniques and patterns while adopting the modern sense of new designs.

PRODUCT DETAIL

  • Dimension: W6cm(2.4in) x D7cm(2.8in) x H11.5cm(4.5in)
  • Material: Porcelain 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Kutani Ware
  • Brand: Choho Kiln

ABOUT CHOHO KILN

Choho Kiln is known for their skilled technique of "mori-e," a traditional technique of drawing patterns and designs with a thick paint onto a surface to give it a tactile texture and an added decorative touch. Choho Kiln developed the method of applying this method to Kutani ware figurines.

Nishi Chosaku, the founder of Choho Kiln studied the method of mori-e with his brother Taikichi back in the Taisho period. Up till that time, this method was used to decorate flat surfaces. The brothers developed the idea of applying this method to Kutani Ware figurines as Chosaku had studied the basics of form, design and color mixing as a teenager. As it turned, the mori-e technique suited Kutani figurines very well, and henceforth mori-e became a mainstream decorating technique.

Choho II learned various techniques from his predecessor, trained many apprentices, and solidified the foundation of Choho Kiln. Today, Choho is the third generation of the Choho family, and he is committed to preserving the tradition of mori-e while seeking out new possibilities for this technique.

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About kutani ware

Kutani ware is a type of pottery produced in the Kaga region of Ishikawa Prefecture and it has a history of over 350 years.
It is characterized by the heavy brilliance of the five colors of green, yellow, red, purple, and navy blue that are applied to the bold and daring lines.
Its long history has evolved through the tireless efforts and enthusiasm of people who have sought innovation while maintaining tradition.
In the early 1700s, the Kutani kilns were closed, but about 80 years later they were opened and Kutani ware was revived.
The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.