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Kutani Ware

A Timeless Japanese Art Revived and Cherished Globally

Kutani ware is a highly esteemed style of Japanese ceramics with a history spanning over 360 years. Its popularity extends far beyond Japan's borders, captivating art enthusiasts worldwide with its unique figurative paintings featuring landscapes, traditional Japanese figures, flowers, and birds, all characterized by vivid dark colors and exceptional designs.



  • Ancient History of Kutani Ware

In the 16th century, Maeda Toshiharu discovered the stone needed for porcelain and established the first kiln in Kutani village, now part of Ishikawa. Goto Sijiro, under Maeda Daimyo's rule, was instrumental in building the first kiln and starting production. Despite flourishing for over a century, production halted in 1730 due to financial constraints. The pieces from this era, dating back to 1655 and 1730, are referred to as Ko-Kutani, rare and treasured possessions found in museums and art collections.

  • Revival and Global Interest

In 1807, Kutani ware production resumed and continued till today, known as Saiko-Kutani. A pivotal moment in its global recognition occurred at the 1873 Vienna World Fair, where it captured worldwide attention. During Japan's Meiji period, after the Edo period, Japan opened up to the world, and Kutani ware became a symbol of comfort for the nation. Today, Kutani kilns in Kaga hold the status of National Historic Site of Japan, and Komatsu city remains an important hub for production.


  • Modern Saiko-Kutani Ware

After the revival in 1805, many pottery makers, called Kamamoto, joined the business and expanded the art through innovative color combinations and techniques. The intricate designs are achieved through a multi-step process, with firing being a crucial element that renders each piece unique.


  • The Process of Making Kutani Ware Plate

The making of Kutani ware follows traditional steps dating back to the 16th century. Porcelain clay is collected from Hanazawa area in Ishikawa and purified for molding. The clay is shaped into a plate using either a pottery wheel or cast molding. After firing in a kiln, the plate receives an enamel glaze, followed by another round of baking. Artists then paint the desired landscapes, and each piece bears the artist's signature, ensuring authenticity.


  • How to Use Kutani Ware

Kutani ware is a cherished art form, ideal for tableware or home decoration, reflecting various sizes, colors, and themes to suit individual tastes. To preserve its beauty, follow the manufacturer's instructions when using tableware. Cleaning should be done with mild detergent and lukewarm water to prevent fading. Avoid using strong detergents or chemical-rich soaps, which can damage the enamel and affect the colors.

Discover your authentic Kutani ware piece to enhance your dining experience or add vibrant colors to your home and garden.