Category Archives: Kiln sites

Kanayama Kiln, Part 2 – The Firing

Here is some of the work ready to go into the Kanayama kiln for its first firing starting Friday 2nd September, 2005.  The work was placed in groups related to their position in the kiln and marked with red wash … Continue reading

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Kanayama Kiln, Part 1 – Rebuilding a 16th Century Kiln

In 2002, the old ruins of a ‘Kanayama’ wood-burning kiln were discovered in Shigaraki, Shiga prefecture, Japan.  Information gathered from the ruins was used to rebuild the ancient kiln at the Shigaraki Ceramics Cultural Park (SCCP). In this post I … Continue reading

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Tokoname, a town built from ceramics in Japan

Imagine a town where the foundations of buildings are made from ceramic pots, walls are built from ceramic sake bottles and various designs of ceramic tiles, plates, bowls and cups are set into the pavements.  This town is Tokoname named … Continue reading

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Porcelain. Where does it come from?

Continuing with the subject of porcelain, in my previous blog I introduced how porcelain was first produced in Japan via the Koreans.  To go to the original source of porcelain involves travelling back through Korea to China a few centuries … Continue reading

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The Village of the Secret Kilns, Okawachiyama 大川内山

The birthplace of porcelain in Japan was on the Southern island of Kyushu in Saga prefecture. It was in Arita in the late 16th Century when Korean, Yi Sam-Pyeong discovered extensive deposits of one of the vital ingredients of porcelain, … Continue reading

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Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park – A site for creativity 信楽の陶芸の森

The Shigaraki Ceramic Cultural Park is a hub for intercultural exchange, the sharing of technical expertise and advanced applications in the field of ceramics.  Located 20 miles east of Kyoto in the clay-rich mountains of Shiga, the institute offers studio … Continue reading

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Spirit-stirring Festival of Fire: The Ceramic Shrine, Shigaraki 信楽の火まつり

Once a year on a summer’s evening in late July, torches are burned as a sacred offering to the Ceramic Gods; the God of the Earth (Kagutsuchinokami), the God of Fire (Haniyamahimenomikoto) and the Ancestral Deity of Potters (Amenohibokonomikoto).  The … Continue reading

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