Karatsu ware is characterized by its rustic appearance and a texture reminiscent of the warmth of the earth.
Styles such as Chosen Karatsu, with glazes that melt together naturally in the kiln to form organic patterns, E-Karatsu, in which images are painted onto the piece using a solution of iron, and Madara Karatsu,which uses a cloudy straw-ash glaze, were established by potters who arrived from the Korean peninsula during the Azuchi-Momoyama period, about four hundred years ago.
Ko-Karatsu (“old Karatsu”), which subsequently disappeared within just twenty years, is a style of pottery that still holds many mysteries, and has continued to fascinate enthusiasts down the ages.
Here we are presenting pieces by Naoto Yano, who has studied fragments of Ko-Karatsu and the ruins of the kilns where it was made, working to create pottery that comes close to its original appearance.
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