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Takeo Ware

400 years history from the Early Karatsu and very quiet pattern

Takeo, a city famous for hot springs and Takeo ceramic ware, has over 90 kilns that have passed their tradition onto generations.

During the Japanese invasion of Korea between 1592 and 1598, Korean ceramic artists were accompanied by the feudal lord of Takeo to Japan, which marked the beginning of Takeo Ware. This superb ware with 400 years of tradition is known as old Takeo “Kotakeo”, not only in Japan but in South-east Asia. Nowadays, it is favored by people over the world. Thanks to the ceramic masters heritage, Takeo Ware attained a glorious reputation. Since then, ceramic artists have inherited their techniques and at the same time they have also developed their own unique techniques; dish-ware and tea utensils reveal their originality as art as well as practical pieces. FUKUDA, Tadao and MATSUO, Jun are renowned artists.

FUKUDA, Tadao, an owner of the pottery, “Mumyo Kiln" signifies the Japanese aesthetics, “Wabi” and “Sabi” through his ceramics.

MATSUO, Jun, the member of the pottery, “Ryozan Kiln" has developed firing with salt giving his work various tones.

Takeo Ware is, generally speaking, classified into either brownish earthen-ware or white porcelain. There are a variety of styles based on the techniques: iron painting, green glaze, iron glaze, brush mark, inlay, beating and the other, blue and white painting.

The Earthen-ware fired in Takeo-shi, called “Karatsu Style,” is simple, but some have color painting and splendid patterns. Further, the artists also dedicate themselves to making their work not just artistic but also practical for the modern lifestyle.

As Takeo Ware has kept and developed their tradition for centuries, it values the originality in the tones of simplicity, warmness, and tranquility. That is why Takeo artwork never stops attracting the user of Takeo ceramics.


Takeo city Tourism Association