【Shinrokugama】Kiyomizu Ware


The glaze and design of the kiln, which has been in existence since 1955, have been passed down to the present day as the originality of the Shinroku Kiln. In particular, the “Pelican Tea Pot” was invented by Shinroku to pour tea to the last drop. Tea Pot is one of the most popular products for more than half a century. Each piece of pottery produced by the Shinroku Kiln is made entirely by hand, and is a vessel that gently accompanies our daily life, enriches it, and is passed down from generation to generation.

Craftsman Profiles

Name :Hirotomo Kyotani

Place : Kyoto

Age : 60 Years old

Type of craft : Kyo ware / Kiyomizu ware

Title : Traditional Craftsman


"The plate is the clothing of the dish"

I believe that a dish is not finished when it is baked, but only when all of the food preparation and accompanying decorations are in place. We hope that the creator and the user will work together to nurture the "plate".

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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