This lovely collection of Hasami-yaki 波佐見焼 porcelain dinner plates were made in the traditional Japanese motif of the 'twisted plum blossom' called 'Neji~Ume', which turns into a lovely scalloped effect for the plate. They were made at the Tsurumatsu- kiln 鶴松窯, in the city of Hasami. Slip cast from molds, they are then painted in overglaze and underglaze enamels, blue on white; creating quite a beautiful effect. The ume or plum blossoms are bordered all the way around adding depth to the picture, and a double border of dots or 'chibu' -or 'tsubu' create the look of real pollen. I do not know how they created the pattern in the center, it really looks like initially the pattern was spun on the potter's wheel. The traditional brown border outlines the outer rim for a lovely effect. They were purchased by us from a gentleman in Florida who said he bought them at an estate sale. The majority of pieces we have seen in Japan date to the Showa period of 1926-1989, most likely they are just about 20-30 years old dating to the end of the Showa period. They are inscribed on the bottom with the mark of Tsurumatsu -gama or kiln, -tsuru means crane. They are quite lovely, well made and well designed. A wonderful set of three porcelain Showa retro blue and white Japanese dinner plates, in excellent condition, like new with no cracks, chips. In the first three pictures, each plate took a turn on the stand, although the stand is not included. They may look different, it is just my lighting moving around, they are pretty much all the same.
SIZE: Now, I must go find what I did with them after I took the pictures, as I misplaced the measurements, but they are right at dinner plate or between namasu and nakazara size, about 7 1/2 inches to 8 1/4 inches in diameter. I will update this, or please inquire if I have not yet done so and you wish to purchase them. The shipping weight is also currently an estimate only.
Hasami - yaki 波佐見焼
Hasami became just one of Japan’s important ceramic towns during the Edo period 400 years ago and it continues to thrive with ceramic artists and enthusiasts. While more of the world's population is familiar with 'Arita' as the overarching home of many Japanese porcelains, Hasami has been around just as long and often just lumped in with Arita wares. However, this small rural town of 15,000 boasts several large and prominent ceramic houses that proudly work with traditional methods, as well as modern machines, to produce all types of ceramic ware for an increasingly demanding world market.
While they used to be made all by hand, now casting molds are used. Still requiring hand work, casting molds are stacked up in tall columns and pressed down from both ends. Ceramic slip enters each individual casing through a small hole that runs through all of the molds like a tunnel. A kiln worker then carefully dusts and shaves off imperfections off a line of lids straight out of their molds: Then they glaze and decorate pottery by hand.
Hasami and Mikawachi where Hirado is made are in Nagasaki Prefecture. The pottery in this area of Kyushu is all intertwined. Historically and before present day prefectures, this area was in one Province called Hizen.
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