This Japanese vintage Agano yaki pottery large platter is very fine pottery made by the Master Potter Hoken Shirakawa of Japan. Agano -yaki or Agano ware has been around for hundreds of years, see more below. In Japan, In Japan, Agano yaki is also known as Ueno yaki. There are seven kilns making Agano, and Hoken Shirakawa is Master of the Shiragawa kiln. It is located in Agano of the Fukuoka prefecture. See more below about the history. This gorgeous and large bowl is about 30 years old. It is handmade on the potter's wheel, then the blue is dip glazed by hand and the brown, with a touch of green and cream in the middle is spun on the wheel as the potter glazes it. The results are a gorgeous layered uwagusuri 釉薬 or glaze. It is a very fine piece. There are no cracks or chips seen. This is a quality and fine piece of Japanese pottery.
Size: 12.6 inches or 32 cm, Height 3.1 inches or 8 cm
Agano-yaki 上野焼 i
from the Fukuoka Prefecture site:
Agano Yaki has a history that dates back to 1602. It was one of the seven favored styles of pottery of the great tea master, architect and garden designer Kobori Enshu. The beginnings of its production was also supported by Hosokawa Sansai, who was otherwise known as the daimyo Hosokawa Tadaoki.and was originally associated with the tea ceremony.
From the Fukuoka site: From the early period of the Edo era, Agano Pottery has developed as a tea bowl. Compared with other ceramics, Agano Pottery is light and lightly colored. Another characteristic of Agano Pottery is the beautiful color contrasts interwoven with multi-colored enamel making these a popular with fans of ceramics! Presently, Agano Pottery produces 23 kinds of ceramics.
Additional history From Robert Yellin on his e-yakimono site:
The Agano kilns date back to 1602, when Korean potter Sonkai was invited to establish a kiln for Lord Hosokawa Tadaoki. The kiln's output was highly focused on wares for the tea ceremony, and thus Agano ware is typically glazed and characterized by a simple lightness and beauty. Lord Hosokawa was instructed in the tea ceremony by the great tea master Sen no Rikyu, and the wares of his kilns soon found favor with Kobori Enshu, another famous tea master of that period. Agano ware today is no longer exclusively related to the tea ceremony. See also Takatori.
Old Agano yaki can be seen at the Walters Art Museum, and discussed on Robert Yellin’s page eyakimono. It is also discussed in the well know book Chado the Way of Tea: A Japanese Tea Master's Almanac. among several others. During its early days it was one of the most influential potteries of that time, amd yo this day known for its fine white porcelain and beautiful glazes.
Please also see a great 'you tube' video called "Agano-yaki Pottery " about the history and how Agano yaki is made which was published in 2006.
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