Japan KUTANI A stone monument bearing the inscription “Ko- kiln ruins” stands quietly in a clearing. It marks the spot where the Daishouji Clan(a branch of the Kaga Clan) established a kiln in about 6,to make use of the local porcelain stone. Tha porcelain ware that was created there was later called “Ko-kutani” and became the foundation for Japanese colored porcelain ware. Rich overglaze colors applied with fluid brushwork -green,yellow,red,purple and blue- give porcelain its characteristic beauty. However,only half a century later the kiln was abandoned for reasons that nobody knows. About 00 years later, porcelain was revived under the patronage of the Kaga clan. The Kasugayama and Wakasugi kilns were established, and kilns such as the Yoshidaya kiln rode on the momentum of “revived “,all producing overglaze porcelain ware. Various styles competed and combined to develop into the overglaze techniques that have been handed down to this day. In modern times,the gorgeous Kinrande style(very high-quality design of gold) has become well known in the West as “Japan ” porcelain, which combined the artistry of Ko- ware and the utilitarian beauty that developed from “revived “,continues to evolve.
KUTANI YAKI(ware) Sake Cup Bird