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Karatsu ware

It is a pottery made around Nagasaki in Kyushu, which is said to have been developed by the potters who accompanied Toyotomi Hideyoshi from the Korean Peninsula during the Momoyama period.
Originally, it was made mainly of miscellaneous items such as tableware and jars, but due to its simplicity, tea masters such as Rikyu have come to prefer tea bowls, plates, bowls, and jars as tea utensils.
It seems that it fits the spirit of Wabi-cha so much that it is said to be "Ichiido, Niraku, Sankaratsu".
Generally, in western Japan, pottery has become so popular and widespread that it is called "Karatsumono" instead of "Setomono".
It is also said to be a sake bottle of Bizen and a drink of Karatsu, and it is said to be a coveted combination among the drinkers. This is due to the effect of Bizen Tokkuri, which is a sake bottle, to change the taste of second-class sake to first-class sake, and to enjoy the enjoyment of "growing" by using Karatsu's sip, which is often changed by sake.
Although Karatsu is simple, there are scenery using various glazes, and there are various names, so I would like to introduce it.

Korea Karatsu
西岡小十 朝鮮唐津

"Korean Karatsu": A traditional style from a Korean potter. A candy glaze that develops a black color with a lot of iron is applied, and a straw ash glaze that turns white is applied from above to make it so that it is divided into upper and lower parts. The scenery where these two colors intersect gives an aurora-like atmosphere. Some are upside down.

Picture Karatsu
西岡小十 絵唐津

"Ekaratsu": Using a paint made by crushing iron-rich ore called "demon board", draw a simple picture such as plants and flowers, and bake it with a transparent glaze such as ash glaze or feldspar glaze. .. Speaking of "Karatsu", it is said that many people think of this picture Karatsu, and it is a typical technique that creates a unique sense of wabi-sabi.

Black Karatsu

"Kuro Karatsu": A product that is fired with a glaze that has a high iron content and develops a black color.

小島直喜 斑唐津

"Motted": It becomes white when fired using straw ash glaze, but it is called "Mata Karatsu" because a small amount of iron contained in the soil creates blue or black spots by the action of the kiln.

梶原靖元 粉引き

"Kohiki": This is also said to have come from a Korean potter.

The name comes from the fact that it was said to be "white as if it had been powdered (blown)".

White slip is applied on a brown base with a lot of iron. Originally, during the Joseon Dynasty, white porcelain was regarded as a royal porcelain, and it was forbidden to use white porcelain, so it is thought that it was burned as a substitute for white porcelain. There is.
"Mishima" is a vessel with patterns such as cloud cranes and inscriptions.
In addition, white glaze is applied with a brush to leave brush marks, which is called "brush eyes".

Karatsu well
内村慎太郎 井戸

"Karatsu well": Originally a vessel baked in Goryeo (Korea), it is said to be "one well, two music, three Karatsu", and the most prized tea bowl in the world of Wabi-cha is "well".
Wells have various conventions and are defined as follows.
1. 1. Loquat-colored glaze extends all the way up to the hill, leaving no dirt. In the tea pool, there is a mark that is a mark of stacking and baking vessels.
3. 3. On the body, there are wheels called wells such as 4th and 5th steps.
4. There is a plum flower skin (Kairagi) in which the glaze on the side of the hill is shrunk and hardened.
5. There is a tokin with a protrusion in the center of the shavings on the inside of the hill.
6. The side of the hill is scraped off with a spatula to make the hill a bamboo section hill that resembles a bamboo section.
It is this Karatsu well that has been reproduced using Karatsu's technology while holding down these promises.

Serpent Karatsu

"Jakatsu Karatsu": Black glaze with high iron content is fired with feldspar glaze. The feature is that the feldspar is shrunk on the surface and the black glaze underneath can be seen like the plum blossom skin of a well. The fine glaze is called a snake glaze, as if it were the epidermis of a snake or scorpion.

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