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Hiradokakusho Kiln Nagasaki Prefecture Mikawachi ware Hiradokakusho Kiln Nagasaki Prefecture, Kyusyu

Artist :
SATOMI Toshitaka


Hiradokakusho Kiln is the place of fifteen minutes' drive from Sasebomikawachi interchange of Nishi Kyushu expressway. The kiln has been historical that extends over 400 years, whose ancestor was NAKAZATO, Shigemon who built Hirado clan’s kiln. Last name was changed to SATOMI by the son of the third generation potter, they worked hard to improve the technique. But Meiji government dominated on behalf of Edo shogunate, and clan’s kiln system was abolished. Hidarokakusho Kiln determined to be independent of the clan which had no protective policy. The fifth merchant Yonosuke named Kakusho for trading, they devoted to making excellent porcelain. It is possible to look at the kiln, make with the potter’s wheel and paint. The kiln has inherited the technique of underglaze blue Seika by hand-writing which is one of the representative skill in Mikawachi Ware, and works on high-grade artworks every day.

Address : 689 Mikawachi-cho, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki 859-3155 Japan
Visiting hours : 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.


SATOMI, Toshitaka
He entered the Kakusho kiln which has decended from the Hirado ware style for over 400 years. The kiln's hidden skill has been passed down, and the graceful picture is hand-painting on the porcelain.