This vintage Mino-ware Kashi-zara Nunome leaf is about 30 years old. A pottery cake dish or Kashi-zara 菓子皿 is hand molded with the technique of Nunome. Nunome means texture in Japanese, and how the surface is finished, This cake plate of kashizara is made with the Nunome technique which means it has a textile finish- perfect for a cake dish. The center is formed with the center veins of a leaf and blue-grey almost Seto color glazed, the sides inside and out drenched in a deep dark blue glaze all around the sides. The bottom is inscribed with the mark of Mino ware. There is no cracks or chips and it is in very good overall condition.
SIZE: Lenght: 6.4" or 16.3 cm, ; Width 3.9" or 10 cm, Height 1.38" or 3.5cm. Weight: 283 grams about 1/3 lb.
Mino 美濃 ware or Mino-yaki
In the Tono region of Gifu Prefecture during the late Kofun period of 7th century, pottery called Sue Ware, different to clay pottery, was fired in Anagama kilns made by digging into mountain slopes.This is thought to be the origin of Mino Ceramics Ware. There is a wonderful and extensive history on Robert Yellin's eyakimono site about Mino ware.
There is a much longer history of Mino ware on the Japanese site 'Explore Japanese Ceramics', much too long to share here, please see their very informative site. Excerpts:
The Earliest Days... In Tounou, the southwestern area in Gifu Prefecture, the manufacture of pottery through kilns started from the early Kofun, or Tumulus, Era of the 7th century; such pottery was called Sue Ware, or Sue-ki, and were fired in underground kilns carved into mountain slopes called anagama.
And, Why we sometimes hear, 'Mino, Shino, and....Oribe Ware' The blending of pottery in Japan, excerpt- it dates back to after the 16th century and civil war in Japan:
The Mino 美濃 pottery was founded by Katō Yosabei, whose sons started other potteries in the vicinity, notably that under the aegis of the tea master Furuta Oribe Masashige. New kilns were also built elsewhere, and pottery, while retaining its importance in the tea ceremony, became much more widely used for ordinary purposes. The inspiration for most of its shapes and designs came from the Mino region. The later wares of these kilns are much less austere than those attributed to the Muromachi period, since the cult of the tea ceremony, now widespread, had lost something of its earlier simplicity. Characteristic tea ceremony wares of the early years of the 17th century are Shino, which has a thick, crackled glaze and is sometimes summarily painted in blue or brown; yellow Seto (ki-Seto), whose crackled yellow glaze covers a stoneware body;.............
Mino Kilns of Today
From the opening of Ceramic Park; Mino as the core facility in 2002, there has been coordination amongst other facilities connected with ceramic and porcelain goods within the city such as Tajimi workshops, the Gifu Prefecture Ceramic and Porcelain Museum, the Ichinokura Sakazuki Art Gallery and the beginning of a children's Ceramics Museum. In addition, from development of the main town and Ichinokura Oribe Street to spread the attraction of the existing historic streets and pottery studios, and the holding of the International Ceramics and Porcelain Goods Festival Mino to raise its world profile (the 11th Festival will be held in 2009), there have been great changes to the production areas in this new century to create a foundation for a history that can be proudly boasted.
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