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350 years have passed since Saijiro Goto first fired Kutani-yaki pottery in the Kutani village of Kaga (current Ishikawa prefecture)in the early Edo period(17th century)

Kutani-yaki is a traditional craft characterizzed by vivid designs and the use of five distinctive colors,and has been enjoyed by people throughont the world. We hope you will tresure your purchase.


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  Ko-Kutani of early stage Progressed under the support of the Daishoji clan in 1655. After the discovery of potter’s clay at a mine near Kutani village, Saijiro Goto was sent to Arita in Kyushu district to master ceramics and broughtback the techniques. Though the Ko-Kutani kilns developed their bold and lovely style, they disappeared suddenly in about 1700. The cause of decline is still unknown.

  Then the Kasugayama kiln opend at Kanazawa under the control of Kaga clan about eighty years after the close of the Lo-Kutani kiln And here starts the period of Restored Kutani,
A lot of kilns were built such as Mokubei kiln the Yoshida-ya kiln, the Miyamoto kiln, and Eiraku kiln, developing each special style.

  In the Meiji period, Shoza Kutani developed his own style. Which became popular for it’s painting of “Saishiki-kinrande” with all styles putting together and the works of his apprentices were exported to get a high position as Industrial Arts of Kutani.


The origin of the five spectacular Kutani colors

At the upper reaches of the Daishoji River, deep in the mountains, there was once a village called Kutani.
A stone monument bearing the inscription “Ko-Kutani kiln ruins” stands quietly in a clearing.
It marks the spot where the Daishoji Clan (a branch of the Kaga Clan) established a kiln in about 1655, to make use of the local porcelain stone.
The porcelain ware that was created there was later called “Ko-Kutani,”and became the foundation for Japanese colored porcelain ware.

Rich overglaze colors applied with fluid brushwork - green, yellow, red, purple and blue – give Kutani porcelain its characteristic beauty.
However, only half a century later the kiln was abandoned for reasons that nobody knows.
About 100 years later, Kutani porcelain was revived under the patronage of the Kaga clan.
The Kasugayama and Wakasugi kilns were established, and kilns such as the Yoshidaya kiln rode on the momentum of “revived Kutani”, all producing overglaze porcelain ware. Various styles competed and combined to develop into the overglaze techniques that have been handed down to this day.
In modern times, the gorgeous Kinrande style has become well known in the West as “Japan Kutani.”
Kutani porcelain, which combines the artistry of Ko-Kutani ware and the utilitarian beauty that developed from “revived Kutani”, continues to evolve.



A traditional craft promoted by the wealthy Kaga clan

In the Edo period, the Maeda family governed the prosperous fiefdom of Kaga. Successive Kaga lords, who were well-versed in culture and the performing arts, promoted a policy of civilian government, making their fiefdom a center for crafts, especially Kutani porcelain.
What made that luxury possible were the local geographical features-Mt.Hakusan, the Kaga Plain and the Japan Sea, as well as an abundance of food.
In Ishikawa, a prefecture with a tradition of outstanding craftsmanship, Japanese-style beauty is still alive and well.



Boldness and precision: the charm of traditional overglaze decoration

As the Kaga rule progressed, mode and more porcelain producers prospered. Incorporation of the bold samurai culture of the Azuchi Momoyama period and the sophisticated culture of Kyoto gave rise to unique styles.
The traditional six styles, which have remained distinct over all these years, are the pride of the Kutani porcelain industry.

古九谷風 こくたに 明暦元年(1655)~


Ko-Kutani style 1655

Works of this style were fired in Kutani Village on the order of Maeda Toshiharu. The five Kutani colors, free-flowing lines and bold designs create a painting-like effect.

木米風 もくべい 文化4年(1807)~


Mokubei style 1807

This style established under the leadership of Aoki Mokubei, who was summoned from Kyoto to work at the Kasugayama kiln in Kanazawa. It features Chinese-style figures on a red background.

吉田屋風 よしだや 文政7年(1824)~


Yoshidaya style 1824

Yoshidaya Denemon wanted to revive Ko-Kutani, and copied the Aode Ko-Kutani style. Various patterns and designs in green, yellow, purple and blue are used to cover the entire surface.

飯田屋風 いいだや 天保2年(1831)~


Iidaya style 1831

This style was used at the Miyamotoya kiln. It features detailed figures in red on a background filled in with patterns, with added gold.

庄三風 天保12年(1841)~


Shoza style 1841

This style, established by Kutani Shoza, is a combination of Ko-Kutani, Yoshidaya, Iidaya and Kinrande. Starting in the Meiji period, it became known as “Japan Kutani.”

永楽風 えいらく 慶応元年(1865)~


Eiraku style 1865

Works of this style, introduced by Eiraku Wazen, were made at a kiln established by the Daishoji clan. The whole surface is covered with red, and the design is in gold.



Ceramic works made with heart and soul

Kutani clay is kneaded, formed, and decorated with a lot of feeling. The production prosesses naturally incorporate the spirit of the craftsmen, whose skill and sense of beauty still support the Kutani industry of today.

九谷焼の完成まで Production stages




From the modern age to the future...Modern brushwork used for Kutani porcelain

Ever since the Meiji period, creative master craftsmen have sought to develop new, unique style of brushwork. Modern brushwork, which includes skillful graphic depiction, sophisticated glazing techniques, and three-dimensional expression, has paved the way for new possibilities in the world of Kutani porcelain.

細字 さいじ



This is the technique of writing classical poetry on ceramic ware with tiny, delicate brushstrokes.

青粒 あおちぶ



A pattern of tiny blue dots is created on the clay surface to create an elegant look.

彩釉 さいゆう



The whole surface is covered with overglaze decoration that features exquisite colors and nuances of shading.

花詰 はなづめ



The whole surface is covered with gorgeous overglaze flowers in gold, silver and the five Kutani colors.

釉裏金彩 ゆうりきんさい


Yuri Kinsai

Clear glaze is applied over gold powder or gold leaf to create a gorgeous finish.

盛 もり



Special glazes are used to create bold raised patterns on traditional ornaments such as lions and beckoning cats. 



True luxury is experienced on a daily basis.

Aesthetically pleasing dishes to eat from
A leisurely cup of tea out of a cup that feels just right in your hand...
A sake cup that takes on a warmer feel the more you use it...
Good ceramic ware lifts the spirit.
That’s the kind of luxury that Kutani porcelain gives you.

九谷焼年表 Kutani porcelain chronology

1655年明暦元年 大聖寺藩初代藩主前田利治公の命により九谷村で開窯(古九谷窯跡より「明暦元年六月廿六日田村権左右衛門」と書かれた花瓶の一部が旧九谷村の神社より発見)A kiln was built Kutani Village on the order of the first lord of the Daishoji clan, Maeda Toshiharu.
(Part of a vase bearing the inscription “June 26, 1655 Tamura Gonzaemon,” indicating that it was fired in the Ko-Kutani kiln, was discovered in the shrine of the former Kutani Village.
1656年明暦2 古九谷窯で色絵磁器が焼かれる(「明暦弐歳九谷八月」と書かれた色見陶片が出土)   Overglaze porcelain ware fired in the Ko-Kutani kiln.(A shard bearing the inscription “August 1656, Kutani” was excavated at the site.)
1807年文化4  青木木米の指導のもと、金沢卯辰山に「春日山窯」を開窯。Kasugayama kiln established in Utatsuyama, Kanazawa, under the leadership of Aoki Mokubei.
1811年文化8 本多貞吉、花坂村(現小松市)に陶石を発見し「若杉窯」を始める。
Honda Sadakichi discovered porcelain stone in Hanasaka Village(present-day Komatsu City) and established the Wakasugi kiln.  
1819年文政2 藪六右衛門、「小野窯」を始める
Yabu Rokuemon established Ono kiln.
1824年文政7 吉田屋伝右衛門、旧九谷村に「吉田屋窯」を築窯し、1年余りで窯を山中の越中谷に移す。Yoshidaya Denemon built the Yoshidaya kiln in the former Kutani Village, and a year later moved it to Etchudani in Yamashiro. 
1831年天保2 吉田屋窯支配人宮本宇右衛門が吉田屋窯を引継ぎ、飯田屋八郎右衛門を招き「宮本窯」を開く。Miyamotoya Uemon took over the Yoshidaya kiln, invited Iidaya Hachiroemon and established the Miyamoto kiln. 
1841年天保12 九谷庄三、旧寺井村(現能美市)に「寺井窯」を開窯。Kutani Shoza established Terai kiln in former Terai Village (present-day Nomi City). 
1848年嘉永元年 大聖寺藩、藩営で「松山窯」を開く。Daishoji clan established Matuyama kiln. 
1860年万延元年 大聖寺藩、宮本窯を買い入れ「九谷本窯」とする。Miyamoto kiln purchased by Daishoji clan and turned into main Kutani kiln. 
1865年慶應元年 大聖寺藩、九谷本窯に京都より永楽和全を招く(「永楽窯」)Eiraku Wazen invited from Kyoto by Daishoji clan to work at main Kutani kiln(Eiraku kiln). 
1873年明治6  ウィーン万博に出品。Works exhibited at Vienna Expo. 
1876年明治9 フィラデルフィア万博に出品。Works exhibited at Philadelphia Expo. 
1878年明治11  パリ万博に出品。Works exhibited at Paris Expo. 
1908年明治41  九谷茶碗まつり始まる。First Kutani Chawan Festival 
1975年昭和50  九谷焼が通商産業省(現経済産業省)より伝統的工芸品に認定される。
Kutani porcelain recognized as a traditional craft by Ministry of International Trade and Industry(Present-day Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry ).
1997年平成9  「国際色絵陶磁器フェア‘97九谷」を開催。
Held “International Overglaze Ceramics Fair ’97 Kutani" 
2004年平成16  九谷焼無鉛上絵具の完成。Development of lead-free overglaze for Kutani porcelain 
2004年平成16  第1回景徳鎮国際陶磁博覧会に出品。Works shown at 1st Jingdezhen International Ceramics Exhibition. 
2005年平成17  パリメゾン&オブジェに出品。Works shown at Maison & Objet exhibition in Paris. 


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