Ehime [Ceramics] TOBE Yaki (Porcelain)

Art / Traditional crafts
Shikoku Ehime
Traditional Crafts Aoyama Square
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In the middle of the 18th century, the local clan head thought it would be possible to improve clan finances by producing porcelain using locally found kaolin. Potters experienced in creating porcelain from present-day Nagasaki Prefecture were brought to the area, and this marked the beginning of porcelain making in Tobe.

From the end of the 19th century, there was an increase in the production of tableware for export to South East Asia. However, everything changed after World War II. Under advice from Soetsu Yanagi, the leader of the folkcraft movement, the area turned from the mass production of ceramics towards porcelain that preserved handmade, hand-painted roots.

Making the most of the warm qualities of the locally obtained porcelain stone base material, these practical yet appealing wares are characterized by tableware with bold hand-painted designs in a blue glaze, and celadon porcelain flower vases with soft coloring obtained through natural ash.

TOBE Yaki (Porcelain) (details page)

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