Kakusho Kiln Karako Mikawachi Ware Small Plate 5in

JPY ¥6,000

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This karako plate from Kakusho Kiln is a captivating and unique piece, showcasing the traditional sometsuke blue and white porcelain. The plate now features hand-drawn and painted karako - Chinese-style depictions of children - displaying graceful shades of blue. These playful images of children are depicted with fine lines and gentle soft shades, bringing a heartwarming and whimsical touch to the center of the plate. The slightly curved rim adds sophistication to its design, enhancing its appeal when held. Surprisingly lightweight yet durable, this plate is perfect for daily meals as well as special occasions.

The shades of blue in the karako motifs display an exquisite gradation, achieved through careful painting by skilled craftspeople using brushes soaked in cobalt pigment. This technique allows the dye to flow naturally onto the porcelain, creating a gentle and soft shade of blue as it "sinks" into the clay. The outlines of the karako are drawn swiftly and with precision, using soft and fine brushes to capture the contours and delicate features of the children.

This small plate is suitable for serving or presenting side dishes. This piece is a testament to the skill and artistry of Mikawachi ware, known for its softer, gentler shade of blue and intricately detailed paintings.

Kakusho Kiln, one of these prestigious kilns, values the elegant beauty and gracefulness in the balance between white porcelain and fine blue paintings. The craftspeople at Kakusho Kiln are skilled in the use of the gentle shades of blue characteristic of Mikawachi ware, enhancing the beauty of the white porcelain with the charming and playful karako motifs.


  • Quantity: 1
  • DimensionD 12.7 cm(5 in) x H 4 cm(1.6 in)
  • Material: Porcelain 
  • Origin: Made in Japan - Mikawachi Ware
  • Brand: Kakusho Kiln


A historically presitigious kiln which used to serve the lordship of Hirado Domain in the Edo Period (1600 CE-1867 CE). Kakusho Kiln has passed on the traditional art of Blue and White for more than 300 years.The light-weight and elegant porcelain smooth to the touch. The soft and gentle shade of blue kind to the eye. 

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Mikawachi Ware, also known as Hirado Ware, is a pottery made in Sasebo City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. Known for its translucent white porcelain, it was highly popular in Europe during the trend toward Japanese crafts in the West in the 20th century. Mikawachi Ware is remarkable for its delicate modeling techniques that push the limits of porcelain, such as openwork and relief carving, and for its beautiful painting that looks like a single piece of art.

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