Pottery Stone for Producing Japan Kutani Ware

Kutani pottery is the greatest ceramic art which was praised as Japan Kutani Ware in the Western countries during the Meiji Period.
Pottery stone found in the Hanasaka area of Komatsu City during the late Edo Period is used for Kutani pottery. The classic processes of crushing pottery stone to create Kutani pottery clay still remain. This pottery stone continues to serve as a source for producing Kutani ware which attracts many people.
九谷焼製土場(谷口製土所)

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Kutani Pottery Clay Plant (Taniguchi Seidosho)

This plant produces porcelain clay (kneaded clay) from pottery stone. Pottery stone is crushed and mashed with mallets in order to remove impurities. Mashed pottery stone is then screened, precipitated, and dehydrated to finally become porcelain clay for Kutani ware. There are only two clay plants in Komatsu City where you can observe the classic clay production process.

Multi-chambered Climbing Kiln (Climbing Kiln Museum)

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Multi-chambered Climbing Kiln (Climbing Kiln Museum)

This is only the one Kutani pottery climbing kiln existing near Mt. Hanasaka, Yawata of Komatsu City that has been considered as the Mecca of Kutani pottery since the Edo Period. Preserved in its operational condition, this glost kiln was used for firing green ware, while exhibiting the climbing kiln's structure, the molding process, and the process for firing green ware. Kutani pottery workshops are concentrated in the surrounding areas.

Nishikigama Kiln (Nishikigama Kiln Museum)

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Nishikigama Kiln (Nishikigama Kiln Museum)

This kiln is an overglaze painting kiln, which is fired at lower temperatures and installed in a trade's man house in Komatsu City. This workshop was owned by a Kutani potter, Yasokichi Tokuda, from which a National Living Treasure was produced. This workshop is currently opened as the Nishikigama Kiln Museum where Kutani ware works of Yasokichi Tokuda I, II, and III are displayed.

Nishikigama Kiln (Shoundo)

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Nishikigama Kiln (Shoundo)

Shoundo used to be one of the Kutani potteries which served as driving force behind the boom of Japan Kutani Ware from the Meiji Period to the Taisho Period. Currently, Shoundo has a stone warehouse made of a combination of Kanagaso stone and Takigahara stone along with Kutani ware artworks which are exhibited on holidays. Taking advantage of its facilities for transmitting the art culture of Komatsu, Shoundo is also utilized as a rental space for cultivating the next-generation artists of arts and crafts.

Rhusukecho, Komatsu City

The Story of Komatsu's Gems - A Stone Culture Polished in the Flow of Time - MAP

Kutani Pottery Clay Plant (Taniguchi Seidosho)
Multi-chambered Climbing Kiln (Climbing Kiln Museum)
Nishikigama Kiln (Nishikigama Kiln Museum)
Nishikigama Kiln (Shoundo)