Kamachi Ware

Pottery of the Yanagawa feudal domain

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Teaburi Brazier (signature) (19th century, Edo period) by IKENAGA HikosaburoTachibana Museum

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."

Kamachi ware, BrazierTachibana Museum

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

Kamachi ware, Brazier (signature)Tachibana Museum

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

Kamachi ware, Ash BoxTachibana Museum

Ash box used in tea ceremony
collection of Tensoji temple

Kamachi ware, Water JugTachibana Museum

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

Kamachi ware, VaseTachibana Museum

Vase
collection of Tensoji temple

Kamachi ware, Water jugTachibana Museum

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

Teaburi brazier, Kamachi ware (1868) by Ienaga Hikosaburo HouetsuTachibana Museum

Teaburi brazier
by IENAGA Hikosaburo Houetsu
1868, Edo period

Teaburi Brazier (signature), IKENAGA Hikosaburo, 19th century, Edo period, From the collection of: Tachibana Museum
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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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