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Imadake Kiln Saga Prefecture Karatsu ware Imadake Kiln Saga Prefecture, Kyusyu

Artist :
MIZOKAMI Yoshihiro
Imadakegama Street View


Imadake Kiln is the place of ten minutes' drive from the Imari station, JR Chikuhi Line. It is located at the crossing of Jusantsuka, national highway 202. In 1966, MIZOKAMI, Sofu opened Imadake Kiln at the village of Imadake which is sorrounded by the historic old kilns which has inherited Matsuurakaratsu group. He has kept up the tradition of Kogaratsu and produce by making most of native soil's character with great care. Artworks including cups, plates, bowls are displayed in the exhibition room. MIZOKAMI present the documents about Kogaratsu which he collected. Yoshihiro, Masato who is Sofu's son hold the exhibition regularly. It has produced with taking care of warmth which exactly fits hands, based on the calm texture of soil's inherent color in Karatsu Ware. Some visitors attend pottery trial lesson for children.

Address : 1384-1 Otsubo-cho-ko, Imari-shi, Saga 848-0021 Japan
Visiting hours : 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. closed on New Year's day, August 15th
Event :
・In summer holiday people take the experience of pottery
・opening exhibition holds on the third Monday of January


He is a representative artist of Karatsu Ware. He received the training of the potter’s wheel by INOUE, Manji and pursues Karatsu’s beauty by the tradition of "Kogaratsu" using Imari's soil.

MIZOKAMI, Yoshihiro
He is the eldest son of MIZOKAMI, Sofu of Imadake Kiln. He won the prize in Seibu Traditional Exhibition and has the special technique of the "Tataki" or "Icchin" to make vessels.