Kamachi Ware

Tachibana Museum

Pottery of the Yanagawa feudal domain

Kamachi ware
In the Edo period, many clans strictly guarded the ceramic industry. The clan's ceramic production was also highly regulated with an orientation towards producing outstanding presents for the shogunate’s family, and gifts for other noble families. Products were prohibited from being sold without permission. As a result, the ceramics improved in quality, and masterpieces from the Edo period became renown throughout Japan. The tradition has continued to this day. The Kyushu Region was especially famous for ceramic production, and masterpieces are still being made there now. A few well-known examples are Satsuma-ceramics from the Shimazu family, Hirado-ceramics from the Matsuura family, Takatori-ceramics from the Kuroda family, and Nabeshima-ceramics from the Nabeshima family. However, after the Meiji Restoration, the head of the Yanagawa clan discontinued the production of Kamachi-ceramics. Thus, it is now referred to as "phantom earthenware."

Teaburi brazier
beginning of Edo period, 17th century
collection of Tensoji temple

inscription of Teaburi brazier
beginning of Edo period, 17th century
collection of Tensoji temple

Ash box used in tea ceremony
collection of Tensoji temple

Container of Fresh Water
for replenishing the kettle and rinsing bowls (tea ceremony)
collection of Tensoji temple

Vase
collection of Tensoji temple

Container of Fresh Water
for replenishing the kettle and rinsing bowls (tea ceremony)
collection of Tensoji temple

Teaburi brazier
by IENAGA Hikosaburo Houetsu
1868, Edo period

inscription of Teaburi brazier
by IENAGA Hikosaburo Houetsu
1868, Edo period

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a pottery of Yanagawa feudal domain Kamachi Ware- Art of YanagawaⅡ‐ UENO Kaori

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UENO Kaori (TACHIBANA MUSEUM)

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