This Japanese vintage Agano Ware Pottery most often called Agano-yaki written 上野焼 is done in gorgeous glazes that I named ocean blue and sand white, they remind me of the ocean. This was our first and proud addition from the Agano ware kiln in Japan. It is a beautifully handmade, hand formed and under glaze painted vase of transcending shades of blue and an off white colors under hand poured glaze, over the brown Agano pottery. Agano ware is an old traditional style dating back hundreds of years to the Edo period, and this vase has been made in keeping this tradition with a modern flare. It was made about 30 years ago according to the Japanese dealer. The seal of the potter and the mark of Agano ware is impressed on the bottom. While we do not know this potters name, please compare to our one other Agano- yaki piece soon to be posted, as we try to find more. It is in very good condition with no chips or cracks. It has natural crazing which is normal to certain types of kiln made pottery. We were pleased to add as another maker to our collection of Japanese porcelains and potteries. It is a nice tall size;
SIZE: Height 8.9" or 22.5 cms Diameter @ Widest 4.6" or 11.8 cm
Agano-yaki 上野焼 History, the Edo Period
Agano-yaki or Agano ware is a pottery ware made in Fukuchi, Tagawa District, Fukuoka Prefecture, Japan. The beginnings of its production was supported by famous Hosokawa Sansai,who was otherwise known as the daimyo Hosokawa Tadaoki. It was originally associated with and made for the tea ceremony during the Edo period. It was one of the seven chosen pottery wares by the great tea master Enshu Kobori was in Japan a long time ago. It is a highly respected pottery ware in Japan with high social status, and as such is not often we see for export as other wares. In addition to the below it is written about in several books about Japanese pottery and the tea ceremony, but not one that we often get to see in the U.S.
from the Fukuoka Prefecture site:
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. In addition to selling these goods, it is also possible for fans of ceramics to try their hand at making their own goods! During the annual Spring Pottery Festival, many goods are on sale with reasonable prices! At the Kamabiraki event in Fall, new products as well as other creations are opened to the public! During these events, Fureai-ichi provides local speciality dishes.
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.
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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