This Japanese Vintage Kyoto Ware Pottery Set of Plates of a Fish were made as tea ceremony plates. The seller said they represented a leaf, I think they look more like a fish. I suppose they could be either. Kyoto Ware is most often called Kyo-yaki or Kiyomizu yaki in Japan. These plates are handmade and hand formed of clay from the Kyoto area. Each one hand glazed in a different color, The colors chosen remind me of the the fall, in green, red, yellow, white and black. The glazes are each in lighter and darkers shades, with dark leaf veins making them look very realistic. This is a very unique set of handmade Japanese pottery plates. While made for the tea ceremony, their size makes them perfect as serving plates for just about any type of meal. They are made very well, and in excellent condition, at about 30 years of age. They have no cracks, chips, or damages, please see the pictures courtesy of my friend. This would make excellent serving plates for either a multi course meal or main meal of any type.
SIZE: Width 7.5" or 19 cm, Depth 3.5" or 9 cm, Height 1.2" or 3 cm
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Kiyomuzu yaki 清水寺 or Kyoto Ware
Kiyomuzu yaki written 清水寺 is the old name for Kyoto Ware pottery and the town, more can be found about this on the internet. In the 17th century, in Kyoto, then Japan's cultural capital, kilns produced lead-glazed pottery like the pottery of southern China. The city pf beautiful artwork is of many generations of families of potters with the skill of the potter being handed down through each generation. Some of the most modern looks, new skills and well known potters art are currently known for their Kyo-Ware or Kyo-yaki for pieces from the past 10-40 years. Please see our many other items from Kyoto of all ages and from many well know and famous artists.
Although this craft dates back to before the Heian period of 794-1185, the making of pottery began in earnest when the capital of Heian-kyo. now Kyoto, was founded in 794. Since that time Kyoto has been the home to many famous potters and the birthplace of many fine pieces of work. Famous potters such as Ninsei and Kenzan were at work in the 17th century and then in the 19th century, the potter Eisen successfully fired porcelain, while such masters as Mokubei, Hozen and Ninami were remarkably active during the same century. Great advances were then made from toward the end of the 19th century with the introduction of various techniques from around the world, when German ceramists were invited to come to Kyoto.
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