In 1757, the Dutch East India Company terminated its official export business, and Arita kilns turned their attention to establishing domestic markets, stimulating domestic demand, and boosting domestic sales of their ware. As the diet of ordinary Japanese improved, more pottery with simplified designs was produced to be used by common people, and during the Edo era Arita ware made for daily life began to play a part in their lives.
From the Taisho through the beginning of the Showa era, apart from industrially manufactured pottery, individual artists began to create their work. From individual artists, to local kilns, to mass-producing factories, to fine ceramics: Arita ceramics are created in a variety of ways on many levels, from one artist to factories with hundreds of workers.
Supervised by: Kyushu Ceamic Museum
Text: Nagamine Mika
Editor: Sakai Motoki (Sakai Planning Co.)
English site translation:Darren Damonte
English site supervised by:Darren Damonte
Project Director: Maezaki Shinya (Associate Professor, Kyoto Women’s University)