Nabeshima ware is the special porcelain made in the nabeshima kiln of okawachi mountain under the Saga domain.
It is the world class masterpiece,
The technology far surpasses Kamiemon and has established the high reputation.
An expression of loyalty for the purpose of offering to the generals,
It was presented as the testimony of harmony with various japanese feudal lord.
It is not for sale like Imari ware,
It was not sold at all throughout the Edo period.
Not the tea utensils that were the basic attitude of the domain kiln,
There are many dishes.
A craftsman with the best technology was invited to the nabeshima kiln from hizen kilns.
The style was established under the strict organization.
A gateway will be set up at the entrance to prohibit the passage of people other than those involved.
Strict vigilance was taken to prevent technology leakage.
Production was best done with a division of labor by each specialty.
A large number of craftsmen are also working on the single dish.
In consideration of transportation damage, Extra products were made.
The peak nabeshima shows the perfection of excellent techniques.
Although there are underglaze blue and celadon, the main one is “Color nabeshima” which is said to the world.
Color nabeshima draws an outline with underglaze blue, and overpaints inside the frame with basic colors of red, green, yellow.
The characteristic of the design is far from the influence of Chinese and Korean design.
This is a reflection of japanese emotion.
It is an original design centered on natural plant designs.
Designs are taken from landscape, noh costumes, Momoyama and Edo period picture models.
The basic form is the dish called wooden cup form.
The special pattern called teeth comb design is drawn around the koudai.
It was forbidden by other techniques because it was only allowed in nabeshima kiln.
The products are meticulously inspected and subjected to several rigorous inspections by inspection officers.
Only the selected accepted products were placed in the domein, and all rejected products were destroyed.
Nabeshima kiln was also abandoned in 1871.
Sumihazhiki is a decorative technique for drawing a white design on the underglaze blue area.
When you draw the design with ink on a baked base,
The part drawn with ink is repelled.
When glazed and baked, the ink melts at a high temperature and white lines and designs appear.