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Hiradoshozan Kiln Saga Prefecture Hiradoshozan Kiln Saga prefecture, Kyusyu

Artist :
NAKAZATO Tsutomu

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Hiradoshozan Kiln is the place of ten minutes' drive toward the direction of Sasebo from the Sasebomikawachi interchange of Nishi Kyushu expressway. It takes twenty minutes to arrive at HUIS TEN BOSCH from the kiln. After Mikawachi Ware opened the kiln at Mt. Nagaha in 1622, it lasts for more than 400 years as the traditional producing area. Seven boys in ancient Chinese clothes picture was painted as the offering of shogunate at that time. Hiradoshozan Kiln has succeeded the tradition. Karako pattern is passed as the representative picture of Mikawachi Ware today. Plus karakusa pattern or shonzui pattern are also painted. Sometsuke porcelain is mainly produced. It is the technique to paint the picture on unglazed porcelain before firing, using the painting called Gosu which colors indigo blue. The picture is carefully painted one by one with the delicate brushwork or Dami (coloring) technique. The excellent and graceful pattern is expressed on white porcelain by putting a lot of efforts into artworks. This is the very impressive art. There is the exhibition room where you go up some slopes from the kiln. You can look at many pretty Karako picture's artworks. They keep the tradition that has been succeeded for long years, and furthermore, they expand.

Address : 774 Mikawachi-cho, Sasebo-shi, Nagasaki 859-3155 Japan

Artist

NAKAZATO, Tsutomu
He expresses the modern Mikawachi Ware at Hiradoshozan Kiln which has 400 years of history. He paints Karakoe, arabesque and fresh flower designs using only the blue color.