Japanese Pottery shop (Aritayaki Yakimono Ichib）
[Address] 1-4-9 Hiroo Shibuya-ku Tokyo
[Nearest station] Ebisu station (JR Yamanote-line / HIBIYA subway-line)
[Access] 7 minutes' walk from the Ebisu station
[Business hours] 10:00 - 19:00
[Regular holiday] 2nd , 4th , 5th Sunday CLOSE (1st , 3rd Sunday OPEN)
Porcelain production started in Japan in the 17th century after kaorin stone was discovered in Arita. From the middle 17th century, large amounts of Arita ceramics, which captivated the European royalty and nobility, were exported to Europe, through the Dutch trading post on Dejima Island in Nagasaki. Augustus the Strong, Elector of Saxony, was so fond of Arita ceramics that he ordered porcelain resembling Arita ceramics to be made in his electorate. In Arita, the tradition and techniques of Arita ceramics have been preserved for over 400 years, while young potters and workshops take on the callenge of producing ambitious new works.
Sometsuke wares are made by drawing patterns with a blue pigment called GOSU, applying glaze over the surface, and firing the porcelain.
Hakuji wares are mede by applying transparent glaze over a white surface and firing the porcelain.
Akae, or Iroe, wares are painted in many colors, including red, the predominant color, green, yellow, and cobalt blue.