【Shunzangama】Kiyomizu Ware


Shunzangama has been produced in Kyoto since 1917 by three generations of craftsmen. Inspired by the ideas of Ogata Kenzan, he adds a modern touch to the "openwork" technique that has been used for 300 years. He specializes in incorporating seasonal scenes unique to Japan, such as cherry blossoms and autumn leave into his vessels.

Craftsman Profiles

Name :Shunji Mori

Place : Kyoto

Age : 66 Years old

Type of craft : Kyo ware / Kiyomizu ware

Achievement :

・Awarded the Excellence Prize at the Kyoto Industrial Arts Exhibition

・Awarded the NIKKOKAI Member Prize at the NIKKOKAI Exhibition

・Third Prize at the All Kansai Exhibition


・Traditional Craftsman

・Member of Nikkokai

・Member of Kyoto Craft Artists Association


"If I don't get rewarded, I hope the next generation will"

My father used to take care of many craftsmen in his workshop, and he feels blessed that his father's actions have been rewarded back to him as a son. For this reason, he does not seek reward for himself, but rather wants to do what he can for the younger generation who will take on the future.

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

Shunzangama Products

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