Kutani ware is a 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.
The beauty of the various styles and methods of painting is known as "Japan Kutani" and is highly regarded around the world.
What is Kutani Ware?
Kutani ware is characterized by its colorful overglaze called "Gosai (five-colored)." The brilliant overglaze painting is unique to each kiln, and every kiln has its own unique style of painting. The clay used for Kutani ware is both ceramic and porcelain, each with its own unique qualities, and both offer vivid colors.
Although its production once ceased in the start of the 18th century, Kutani ware was revived 100 years later and once again thrived as a craft as multiple kilns opened and specialized in generating their own unique styles. During the Meiji Period (1868-1912), the technique of applying gold patterns called "Kinrande," in addition to the five colors of painting, was developed and attracted worldwide attention under the name of "Japan Kutani." Kutani ware continues to evolve while keeping in touch with its traditional roots.
The charm of Kutani Ware is the beauty of its painting. The scenic and colorful designs of Kutani Ware, which are uniquely Japanese, are sure to add a colorful element to any table. Kutani Ware is also attractive as a work of art, so you can display it on a plate stand as home decor.
Also, Kutani Ware pieces that are carefully hand-painted by craftsmen will surely be appreciated as gifts. You can choose from a variety of tableware such as plates, cups, sake sets, and bowls, as well as cute Maneki Neko figurines, to name a few.