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 a Japanese ceramics produced in the southern region of Ishikawa Prefecture, Japan, which 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. 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 once attracted worldwide attention under the name of "Japan Kutani".
The clay used for Kutani ware is both ceramic and porcelain, each with its own unique qualities, and both offer vivid colors. "Gosai" is a technique that can also be seen in Arita Ware, but can be identified by the fact that Arita Ware uses white porcelain as a base for painting, while Kutani Ware is characterized by the colors being spread all over.
"Kutani Gosai" Five-colors of Kutani Ware
The colorful painting that is characteristic of Kutani ware is based on five colors: red, yellow, green, purple, and navy blue. By firing at a low temperature on top of the glazed ceramic as an overglaze, the vivid colors of the pigments can be beautifully expressed.
In addition to the five colors, black is sometimes used for outlines, which is an application of the Japanese painting technique.
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 are very gorgeous and 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.