Madara-Garatsu Shioge shaped Sake Cup（Akemi Ito）
The madara glaze is beautiful and the workmanship is very good.
- Akemi Ito
- Bottom Diameter
- Paulonia Box with Artist's Sign
Cloth with Artist's Sign
Madara-garatsu is karatsu ware with a straw ash glaze. The cloudy glaze forms a richly varied mottled pattern, and is known as a technique often used in the kishidake kilns, the oldest of the old karatsu regions. Reduction firing produces a milky white color with a bluish tinge, while oxidation firing produces a yellowish texture. It looks beautiful when poured with sake, and the “Madakaratsu Sake Cup” exhibits dignity befitting the king of sake cups.
Shioge is a jar with a swollen body and a narrow mouth. It is said that it was originally a vessel for storing salt. It is seen in korean kohiki and katade, and is also popular as a winter tea bowl in tea ceremonies. It is also used for incense burner, etc.
Akemi Ito 1964-
Born in Tagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
In 1992, studied the basics of pottery at Fukuoka Prefectural Tagawa Advanced Technical Training School.
In 1993, studied under Takechika Arimitsu.
In 1997, started making pottery in Tagawa City, Fukuoka Prefecture.
Became a pottery instructor at the NHK Cultural Center（Kitakyushu）.
In 2005, became a pottery instructor at Kurate Ryutoku High School.
Held solo exhibitions in Kyoto and Tokyo, and has strong fans all over the country.