2013-02-18

akahada yaki

The other day I made another visit to another pottery: Akahada yaki in Nara.
Nara had a royal palace which was also the governing centre about 13 centenaries ago (before Kyoto) and has lots of heritage in the area. The site where there used to be the palace is still under investigation. 
Again I was a pottery tourist and didn't see any of those historic places this time. (It's OK for me as I have been there for several times!) Nara is also famous for deers in Nara park. They know Japanese greeting technique to get shika senbei (rice cracker for deers).
Akahada pottery is distinctive with their Nara-e drawing on milky white glaze. They make sencha teaware, kodo-ware, vase, object and tableware. It is said that they had been producing pottery even since the 4th century in the area but not so sure yet. Anyway at least they know the daimyo (lord) of the area commanded to start it in the 16th century. They called in potters from Seto, Tokoname to produce a precious souvenir among the wealth. There are 6 kilns working in the area and the one I visited was Ooshio family at its 8th and 9th generation. At the moment they also make cups, wine glasses to fit in our modern life too.
The little boxes in the picture are the container to keep and show incense in tea ceremony. So sweet...!
この間は、奈良の赤膚焼を見に行ってきました。
赤膚焼は天正年間、大名豊臣秀長が瀬戸や常滑から陶工を呼び集め、始めたそうです。それ以前にも土地の焼き物はあったそうですが、諸説あるようです。奈良絵と呼ばれる大和絵を単純化させた図案が釉薬の上に描かれているのが特徴で、窯元によって絵のタッチが違います。今は茶道や香道のためのお道具から、花器や器、カップなども作られているようです。
西の京の駅の西に4軒と郡山のあたりに2軒の窯元があるそうですが、私が訪ねたのは1軒、大塩正人窯で、9代目の正巳さんからお手前を頂き、お話もいろいろと伺いました。こちらの窯元の絵付けは私と同年代の女性が担当しています。そのせいか、図案もとてもかわいらしく、思わず微笑んでしまいます。伝統のものもありますが、図案も造形も日々新しいものに挑戦していらっしゃるので、ぜひ、窯元を直に訪ねて、実際に触れてみてください。(できれば、前もって確認ぐらいしておいてから、、、。)

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