Amidst the rich though relatively short history of Japanese ceramics, the Kutani ware, which originated some 350 years ago on the heights of the Kaga area, is particularly noted for its originality and highly expressive decorative style.
Though large parts of its history and developments remain unclear, it is well known that the Kutani ware developed under close support of the Kaga feudal lords. Departing from its original aristocratic ties, it became increasingly popular during its 19th century revival. Deeply impregnating the area’s culture and the people’s way of life, it is now considered one of the region’s most emblematic crafts.
Along with the turmoil of History and through the commitment of successive generations of talented craftsmen, the Kutani ware has evolved to cover a wide range of distinctive styles and approaches ranging from scrupulous respect of a multi-secular tradition to researches leaning towards contemporary trends and modern design conceptions. All the multi-faceted evolutions it has gone through have left us a remarkable legacy that shines on through opulent and deep colors that seem to echo the regions’ harsh and dark winters and their frequently changing skies. Putting forward simple patterns and motives or striking our eye by its depictions of bold sceneries in nevertheless extremely well balanced compositions, Kutani ware items always stand out with a remarkable expressive strength.
Several facilities, shops and ateliers are glad to propose hands-on workshops for you to try out your skills at one of Kaga’s most emblematic crafts.
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