【Ichirakugama】Kiyomizu Ware


Since the construction of our kiln in Gojo-zaka, our traditional craftsmen’s goal has been the pursuit and production of engraved porcelain, using Shozui, flowers and birds, and Sometsuke styles to produce works with a powerful artistic style. We also seek to demonstrate an extensive use of styles such as Aka-e and Gosai (five-colours) painted porcelain.

Craftsman Profiles

Name :Masahiro Yamamoto

Place : Kyoto

Type of craft : Kyo ware / Kiyomizu ware

Title : Traditional Craftsman


"Not focusing on making right choice, but make it right after the decision"

Once I take my first step onto the path of craftsmanship, I intend to put forth the utmost effort I have and get down to work on production. I want to establish my own style while preserving the techniques that have been passed down from my family, and I want to grow so that I can be proud of myself for having become a craftsman.

History of Kiyomizu Ware

Genesis of a Tradition

The birth of Kiyomizu ware is anchored in the late 16th century, catalyzed by the burgeoning popularity of the tea ceremony, which demanded the creation of exceptional ceramic ware. The artisans settled near the Kiyomizu Temple in the Gojo-zaka area, giving rise to the pottery's name and beginning its storied history.

A Flourishing Craft in the Edo Era

The Edo period heralded a renaissance for Kiyomizu ware, with remarkable advancements in firing techniques and an enriched array of designs. This era introduced the vibrant overglaze enamels that became synonymous with Kiyomizu ware, establishing it as a pinnacle of Kyoto's artistic endeavors.

Legacy Unfolds: Endurance in the Modern Era and Beyond

Despite the challenges posed by modernization and shifting cultural dynamics, Kiyomizu ware endures as a cherished emblem of Japan's artistic heritage. Transitioning into the Meiji era and beyond, artisans adapted to changing tastes and technologies, ensuring the survival of this esteemed tradition. Today, Kiyomizu ware continues to captivate enthusiasts worldwide, blending time-honored techniques with contemporary sensibilities. Its timeless allure serves as a conduit between past and present, bridging generations and safeguarding the legacy of Japan's rich artistic heritage.

Features of Kiyomizu ware

1. Exquisite Craftsmanship

Kiyomizu ware stands as a testament to exquisite craftsmanship, with each piece meticulously crafted by skilled artisans. The delicate forms of Kiyomizu ware pieces exude elegance and sophistication, showcasing the mastery of traditional ceramic techniques. Intricate hand-painted designs, often inspired by nature or traditional motifs, adorn these pieces, adding a touch of artistry and charm. Furthermore, the vibrant glazes used in Kiyomizu ware create stunning visual effects, ranging from subtle gradients to bold, dynamic colors, enhancing the overall beauty and appeal of each piece.

2. Exceptional Quality and Durability

In addition to its aesthetic allure, Kiyomizu-ware is prized for its exceptional quality and durability. The translucent finish achieved through kiln-firing gives each piece a unique luminosity, enhancing its overall allure and sophistication. Furthermore, Kiyomizu-ware exhibits a remarkable level of craftsmanship, with artisans employing traditional techniques such as hand-molding and wheel-throwing to create pieces of unparalleled beauty and craftsmanship. The use of premium materials ensures that Kiyomizu-ware not only looks exquisite but also withstands the test of time, making it a cherished heirloom for generations to come.

Crafting Process of Kiyomizu Ware

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